February 05, 2016

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Former Olympians Chen Wang and Timothy Wang won qualifying tournaments Thursday night on the first day of the U.S. Olympic table tennis trials.

Top-seeded Chen Wang claimed a spot in the North American Trials by beating Ying Lu 9-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 in a women's final.

Timothy Wang, the No. 7 seed, beat Sharon Alquetti 19-17, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10 in a men's final.

They advance to the North American Trials, which will be held in April in Markham, Ontario.

Chen Wang lost in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Beijing Games - still the best Olympic performance by an American - but stepped away from the sport until 2015 while she started a family. Timothy Wang competed in London in 2012.

The U.S. trials continue Friday and Saturday, with two players - one from each gender - qualifying each day.

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