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Indian-American teen wins Atlanta ITF tournament finals

Mon, Nov 02, 2015, 02:35 PM
New York, Nov 2: An Indian-American teen may soon feature in International Tennis Federation (ITF) top 200 rankings after she won the girls' singles and doubles titles at the 2015 Atlanta ITF tournament.

The first Indian-origin player to achieve the double feat in an international tennis tournament, 14-year-old Natasha Subhash, from Virginia, played on hard courts at the Life Time Athletic and Tennis club at Peachtree Corners in Georgia, The American Bazaar online reported on Monday.

Subhash won the girls' singles title in the ITF tournament on Sunday and beat Layne Sleeth of Canada, 14, in straight sets 6-3, 6-1, in the final.

She clinched the girls' doubles title on Saturday with her partner Ann Li (USA) by defeating Ali Collins of Britain and River Hart of Canada in the final 6-2, 6-4.

Subhash and Li are now on a 10-0 streak in the doubles after they won their second consecutive ITF tournament on Sunday. The duo has also clinched the Pan American title as well.

She dropped only one set in the entire tournament on her way to the singles and doubles championship.

"I'm happy I won the singles and the doubles title," said Subhash.

Earlier this year, Subhash featured in the 2015 US Open after getting a wild card entry.

She is the first ranked player in Under-14 and Under-16 category in the US and is the youngest Indian-origin player ever to play for the Junior girls title in the Grand Slam event.

"The US Open gave me a lot of confidence. My movement on court and consistency overall has improved," she added.

Subhash was born to Keralite couple Subhash Kongassery and Sulekha Subhash, who migrated to the US in 1997.

Subhash started playing tennis at the age of five and is a big fan of Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer.
Agency: IANS
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