In the spring of 1933 there suddenly appeared on the table tennis scene a woman destined for greatness. Her name was Ruth Hughes Aarons, and she would be the only U.S. player, male or female, ever to win a World Singles Championship. In fact she won it again in 1937 when the champion of the Women’s Singles event was declared vacant due to a time limit in force at the time. In 2001, it was decided to declare the 2 players (i.e., Ruth Aarons and Gertrude Pritzi) Co-Champions.