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Indian American Tennis Sensation Natasha Subash jumps to No. 61

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Natasha Subhash and Caty McNally of the US finished runners-up in the junior girls championship at the Grade A Campeonato Internacional Juvenil de Tenis de Porto Alegre, in Brazil.

Natasha Subhash and Caty McNally of the US finished runners-up in the junior girls championship at the Grade A Campeonato Internacional Juvenil de Tenis de Porto Alegre, in Brazil.

NEW YORK (Diya TV) – Indian-American tennis sensation Natasha Subhash, who was introduced formally to the world tennis stage during her performance at the 2015 U.S. Open, continues to make consistent progress in the junior girls’ circuit.

After two successful showings in South American tournaments this month, the 14-year-old Subhash has found herself sitting comfortably in the No. 61 combined ranking (singles and doubles) in junior girls. All of this leaves Subhash with a likely chance of appearing in the qualifying rounds of the upcoming French Open and Wimbledon. With the impressive level she is showing so far, with a few more tennis lessons, she could climb even higher in the rankings!

She traveled to South America as a part of the U.S. team, and posted respectful results in both tournaments she appeared in. The Grade 1 Banana Bowl in Sao Palo and the Grade A Campeonato Internacional Juvenil de Tenis de Porto Alegre, in Brazil.

Subhash with other players, in Brazil.

Subhash with other players, in Brazil.

After entering unseeded in both tournaments, Subhash reached the girls’ single quarter-finals and the girls’ doubles semi-finals at the Banana Bowl, and the girls’ singles semi-finals and the girls doubles final in the Porto Alegre tournament. Partnered with Caty McNally during the doubles segment of both tournaments, the two played on red clay courts.

Subhash dueled out a pair of upsets – she defeated the No. 15 seed, Thaisa Grana Pedretti of Brazil, in straight sets during the Porto Alegre tournament. She then dispatched of the No. 9 seed, Lara Escauriza of Paraguay, in the quarterfinals. The two have become familiar with each other’s game – Escauriza defeated Subhash in three hard fought sets during the Sao Palo tournament.

“I really felt the heat, but managed to play a good match and feel very happy to move forward in the tournament,” Subhash said, after she beat Pedretti.

She ultimately fell in three sets to the eventual champion and top seeded Usue Maitane Arconada, an American born in Argentina. The final was 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. With the victory, Arcondada became the first girl in more than a decade to successfully defend a Porto Alegre title – Russian Alisa Kleybanova won back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004.

Subhash has been restricted because of her age in the number of tournaments she’s allowed to play in, but will take part in one more tournament before the next two Grand Slam tournaments begin – the Easter Bowl in Indian Wells, Calif., which begins in April. The majority of the top seeded girls will also participate in the same tournament, from which the top-53 seeds will get into the main draw of the junior girls in the French Open, which commences from May 22. Wimbledon will begin last week of June.

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FTX’s Nishad Singh got $543 million loan

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More fallout from the FTX cryptocurrency platform collapse. Court documents show its affiliate Alameda Research loaned executives like Sam Bankman Fried $1 billion and more than $500 million to Indian American Nishad Singh, FTX’s top engineer. FTX’s interim CEO says never in his career has he seen such complete failure of corporate controls and a complete absence of trustworthy financial information. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after it was unable to come up with customer funds.

Elizabeth Holmes was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after her conviction in January for defrauding investors while running the failed blood testing start up Theranos.In her trial, Holmes alleged she was in the midst of a decade-long abusive relationship with her then-boyfriend and Theranos COO Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani. The Indian American was also found guilty for his role in this fraud and will be sentenced later.

Starting next month, India will assume the G20 presidency for a year and chair more than 200 meetings, leading the way for global economic growth. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country’s leadership here will be inclusive, ambitious, and decisive.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Arvind Venkat & Tarik Khan win Pennsylvania State seats

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – Looking back at the midterm elections, Arvind Venkat and Tarik Khan made history as the first South Asian Americans elected to the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Advocacy group Indian American Impact played a major role on the ground, saying it trained and mobilized 200 volunteers to go door-to-door, to engage voters and provide info they needed to elect new leadership.

After 35 years, the Nancy Pelosi era is officially coming to an end. The speaker from San Francisco announced she’s bowing out of leadership, but will retain her House seat. The midterms cost Pelosi’s Democratic party the House and effectively ended her speakership.

Two former Indian American executives at Meta Platforms will launch a new non fungible token start up for creators. Kirthiga Reddy and Saurabh Doshi have raised more than $8 million for their new company called Virtualness. But they are facing headwinds as the FTX cryptocurrency exchange collapse is putting pressure on the entire industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Meet FTX insider Nishad Singh

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The controversy around failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX continues to captivate the world. Part of the scrutiny is now on the people involved, including Indian American Nishad Singh. According to new reports, this techie was part of FTX’s inner circle, which lived together and ran the cryptocurrency empire from the Bahamas. The software engineer was also reportedly aware that FTX secretly transferred customer funds worth billions of dollars to its sister firm Alameda Research. Currently, no one is facing any criminal charges. Diya TV featured Singh more than a decade ago for running ultra marathons as a 17 year old getting ready for college. 

Former President Donald Trump has officially announced he is running for president in 2024, marking his third bid for the White House. Trump had been hinting at this announcement for months, as the embattled former president faces multiple criminal and civil litigations and as his party is grappling with a worse than expected showing in the midterm elections. 

At the G20 Summit in Bali, world leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Joe Biden are coming together to condemn the rising threat of nuclear weapons as Russia’s war against Ukraine continues to raise tension and anxiety around the world.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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