NRI teens win at 2016 US Open

Two teens of Indian origin shone at the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows, N.Y., defeating their opponents and moving forward in the rankings. Natasha Subhash, 15, won an exciting match in the US Open Juniors against 12th seed Katarina Zavatska of Ukraine, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, on Sept. 5. Pranjala Yadlapalli of India beat Wiktoria Kulik of Poland, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. She goes on into the round of 32.

Subhash came into the limelight last year when she got a Wild Card from the U.S. Tennis Association and became the youngest Indian-American to play a Grand Slam, American Bazaar reported. She earned three straight wins last year beating higher ranked players and moving up to the 2nd round which she lost due to an injured knee.

Subhash is currently the number one ranked player in the under-16 girls in the U.S. and in the top 60 in the world in singles and doubles. She lost the French Open and Italian Open qualifying rounds this year.

Born and brought up in the U.S., Subhash trains at the 4 Star Tennis Academy in Washington, D.C. Pranjala Yadlapalli, 17, is from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh and is the 2015 Asian Tennis champion. was selected to the International Tennis Federation Touring Team soon after in May 2015, competing in a series of junior tournaments in Europe. She is coached by Ilyas Ghouse at GVK Tennis Academy in Hyderabad, according to a Press Trust of India report.

Before meeting with Poland’s Kulik on Sept. 5, Yadlapalli qualified for the Junior main-draw with a decisive straight sets victory over American Kariann Pierre-Louis, 6-4, 6-4. In the first set the Indian was 2-4 down before winning the next four games and the set.

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