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Natasha Subhash and Pranjala Yadlapalli begin U.S. Open play with victories

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Indian-American teenager Natasha Subhash and Indian national Pranjala Yadlapalli each emerged victorious in their opening matches of the 2016 U.S. Open Junior Girls Championship, the former defeated 12th-seeded Ukrainian Katarina Zavatska and the latter Wiktoria Kulik of Poland.

The 15-year-old Subhash showcased a relentless attack, coming from behind to defeat Zavatska 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Monday. She entered the tournament after receiving a Wild Card from the U.S. Tennis Association last year, likely a reward after she reeled off three straight victories over higher-ranked opponents.

This year is her second trip to the Open. Her inaugural campaign last year made her the youngest Indian American to have ever played in a Grand Slam tournament.

Subhash is currently ranked in the top 60 amongst singles and doubles players, and is currently the No. 1 ranked girl under the age of 16 in the country. Earlier this year, she played the French Open and the Italian Open, losing in the qualifying rounds. She was entered to play the main draw of Wimbledon, but couldn’t participate because of personal reasons, and didn’t participate in the qualifiers of the Australian Open.

She faces further tournament restrictions from the International Tennis Federation because of her age.

Her opponent, Zavatska, has garnered the reputation of being one of the hardest-hitting girls in the game. However, Subhash managed to manipulate the match with her own trademark, her all-court presence. Despite getting break points in successive games of the first set, Subhash failed to convert. That, combined with early serving issues, which included more than one double fault, resulted in the slow start for Subhash.

She flipped the script on the match when it mattered most. Suddenly, everything began working for Subhash — cross court shots and volleys resulted in points and her stellar defense along the net served to only grow her lead further.

Subhash ran away to an early 3-0 lead in the decider, before some errors let Zavatska crawl back to level at 3-3. She ultimately capped off the two-hour plus contest with a overhead smash for the victory.

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Biden & Trump hold separate town halls on debate night

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — It was supposed to be debate night, a second battle between former Vice President Biden and President Trump. But after the President’s COViD-19 diagnosis, an in person battle wasn’t in the cards. The President did not want to do a virtual debate, so both men held separate town halls at the exact same time to try and win over voters with less than three weeks before the election and millions of people already casting their ballots early.

Many of the biggest Desi names in entertainment got together for a virtual ‘South Asian Block Party’ to support the Biden-Harris campaign. In just a couple hours, $250,000 was raised, with a number of the prominent figures sharing their personal stories on why they are supporting the Biden ticket.

Pakistan’s government has banned TikTok, citing complaints alleging the popular video app carried immoral and indecent content.

Simran Sethi, ABC TV’s Executive Vice President of Development and Content Strategy, is putting in place a new set of inclusion standards to ensure the television network accurately reflects society.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian American professor missing near Mt. Rainier

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Sam Dubal, an Indian American anthropology professor at the University of Washington, has been missing for days, according to his sister, UC Hastings law professor Veena Dubal. Sam is said to have gone on an overnight hike and backpacking trip near Mount Rainier in Washington state. Park rangers have found his car, but there is still no sign of him. If you hear about his whereabouts, you are asked to call 360-569-6684.

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Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee began a week of confirmation hearings for US Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Barrett praised the legacies of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham set the agenda and defended his decision to move Barrett’s nomination forward. Barrett could become the first justice placed on the court right before a Presidential election.

Actress Mindy Kaling took the occasion of being on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to announce she just gave birth to a baby boy named Spencer in September. It’s the second child for Kaling, who told Colbert her daughter Katherine reconnected her to Hinduism after her birth.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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President Trump & First Lady contract COVID-19

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The world’s attention is focused on the health of President Trump and the first lady after they disclosed they both have the coronavirus. The President is 74 years old and is considered in a high risk category. White House spokespeople say the President was flown to Walter Reed Medical Center for observation and will be there for a few days out of “an abundance of caution.” Sources close to the situation say the President is experiencing a low-grade fever and that he took an experimental drug cocktail to boost his immune system. The First Lady, Melania Trump, remains at the White House. Trump confidants Hope Hicks, Kellyanne Conway and Bill Stepien also contracted the virus.

Well wishes for the President are coming in from around the globe, with one of the first messages of support coming from Indian Prime Minister Modi.

There are tributes around the U.S. to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 151st birth anniversary. Political leaders sent their well wishes and there was a ceremony at the Indian Embassy in Washington to commemorate the occasion.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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