Indian American teenager Natasha Subhash won the International Tennis Federation’s Kingsmill Resort 15K Women’s Tournament in Williamsburg, Virginia, earlier this month. It was the maiden singles ITF pro title for the talented 17-year-old from Fairfax, Virginia.
Subhash, seeded third, sustained her terrific run in the tournament with straight sets 6-2, 6-3 win over Nina Stadler, 23, from Switzerland, the No. 6 seed.
Subhash has two pro doubles titles to her credit too: the United States Tennis Association’s Pro Circuit $15,000 Tampa tournament, in Florida, last year; and in Carson, California, in March of this year.
Subhash, who has committed to the University of Virginia, lifted the doubles trophy in Florida with Caty McNally, and partnered with Rasheeda McAdoo, in the tournament in California.
In the tournament at Williamsburg, Subhash played almost flawless tennis, losing only one set on her way to the singles title, against Stadler.
In the first round, Subhash rolled over Ashlyn Krueger of the US, 6-3, 6-2; then trounced Sybille Gauvain of France in the 2nd round, 6-0, 6-2. She conceded a set in the quarterfinals to her fellow player from the US, Jaedan Brown, before prevailing 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Subhash was back to her rollicking self in the semi-finals, bageling Elaine Chervinsky from the US, 6-0, 6-0, before she gave a sterling performance in the title match.
Subhash’s ITF world tennis singles ranking as of today, is #185. Her WTA ranking for singles is #788.
In an email quote to News India Times, Subhash expressed her delight at winning her debut pro singles title.
“I’m so happy to have won my first pro singles title! I am very excited and it also means a lot to have won it at home in Virginia,” Subhash wrote.
Subhash, who has played all four of the Grand Slam tournaments, in the junior girls category, has been steadily rising in the rankings on the pro circuit in a short period of time.
Last month, at the Boar’s Head Resort Women’s Open, Subhash came close to beating Louisa Chirico from the US, who has been ranked as high as 58th in the world and has played in the women’s singles main draw of every Grand Slam, losing 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, after having match points.
The confidence Subhash gained from that match seemed to have served her well in the tournament at Williamsburg.
Subhash trains at 4 Star Tennis Academy, under coach Bear Schofield.
Natasha is the daughter of Subhash Kongassery and Sulekha Subhash, who emigrated to the United States in 1997, from Delhi. The couple, who are from Kerala, grew up in Delhi. Sulekha is a teacher, while Subhash Kongassery is an IT professional in the Washington, DC area.