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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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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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