American Ariel Hsing advances in table tennis



LONDON (AP) — Warren Buffett and Bill Gates will be thrilled when they get the news: 16-year-old American Ariel Hsing is into the second round in Olympic table tennis.

She defeated Yadira Silva of Mexico in four straight games in Saturday’s opening day of play. With none of the top 16 players and favored Chinese entering competiton until the third round, Hsing made the most of her first Olympic appearance.

Buffet met Hsing when she was only 9 and two years later invited her to play against shareholders at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting. She returned this year after winning a spot on the U.S. team and played a few points with Buffett and Gates.

She calls Buffett “Uncle Warren” and Gates “Uncle Bill.”

Hsing will be a huge underdog in the second round against China-born Ni Xia Lian, who plays for Luxembourg and is a former European champion.