Ariel advanced to the round of 32 after beating Silva Yadira of Mexico 4-0 and then upsetting Ni Xialian of Luxemburg. Xialian is a former world champion, now a veteran. The win was quite unexpected. The biggest achievement for Ariel was troubling the no. 2 seed, Li Xiaoxia even though she eventually lost 2-4. Ariel won a lot of hearts and in particular Bill Gates' heart, who was thoroughly impressed with her performance.
Ariel plays at the ICC in Milpitas under the watchful eyes of Rajul Sheth.