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Dipika Pallikal Karthik
Dipika Pallikal Karthik
(née Pallikal; born 21 September 1991) is an Indian squash player. She is the first Indian to break into the top 10 in the PSA Women's rankings. Dipika Pallikal came to prominence in 2011, when she won three WISPA tour titles to attain a career-best ranking of 13th. She broke into the top 10 in December 2012.[3]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Professional career 3 Boycott of National Championship and Triumphant return 4 Career statistics 5 Awards 6 Personal life 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Dipika Pallikal was born in Chennai
Chennai
to a Malayali
Malayali
family.[4] She is the daughter of Sanjiv and Susan Pallikal (née Itticheria), originally from the state of Kerala.[5][6] Her mother played international cricket for the Indian women's team.[7][8] Dipika Pallikal Karthik played her first international tournament in London when she was in her sixth grade, and won several tournaments on the European Junior Squash Circuit.[citation needed] Professional career[edit] Pallikal Deepika turned professional in 2006,[9] but her career was filled with ups and downs initially. She became more consistent and started notching up winning performances after her brief training stint in Egypt in the beginning of 2011.[9] She clinched her first of three WISPA titles for 2011 in September by winning the Orange County Open in Irvine, California.[10] She notched up her second in the United States
United States
with another WISPA tour event victory.[10] The third came in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
in the Crocodile Challenge Cup in December 2011 and that took her to number 17 in world rankings.[10] However it was her performance in the World Open that shot her into the limelight. She finished in the top eight. She claimed a ranking of 14 as a result of these victories in February 2012, surpassing the earlier best world ranking by an Indian – 27th by former national champion Misha Grewal in 1995. In January 2012, she became the first Indian ever to reach the summit clash of a Silver event when she reached the final of the Tournament of Champions squash meet in New York.[11] In August same year, she went one step further when she reached the semi-finals of a gold event, the 2012 Australian Open, another first for an Indian.[12] Deepika Pallikal was an integral part of the Indian squash team that finished fifth in the 2012 Women's World Team Squash Championships.[13] India, seeded tenth in the event, defeated higher ranked Netherlands
Netherlands
and Ireland in the process.[14] She defeated players like Madeline Perry
Madeline Perry
in the tournament.[15] Joshna Chinappa
Joshna Chinappa
was another key player in the Indian line-up. In February 2013, She won her sixth WSA title of her career after outplaying Joey Chan of Hong Kong 11–9, 11–7, 11–4 in the final of the Meadowood Pharmacy Open in the Canadian city of Winnipeg.[16] In December 2012, she broke into the top 10 by achieving a career best of ranking of 10.[3] She became the first Female Squash player to be conferred with the Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting award in the year 2012.[17] As of Feb 2014 She is back at no. 10 in the latest Women's Squash Association (WSA) rankings despite enduring a tough start to the year.[18] At the 2014 Commonwealth Games
2014 Commonwealth Games
she along with Joshna Chinappa
Joshna Chinappa
won the squash women's doubles gold medal, making it India's first ever Commonwealth Games medal in the sport.[19] Pallikal picked up her 10th Tour title in January 2015 after triumphing at the Winter Club Open. At the February 2016 South Asian Games, she was part of the gold medal winning Indian Women's team [20][21][22] She was then defeated in the first round of the 2016 PSA Women's World Championship in April.[23] In May she was part of the silver medal winning Indian Women's team at the Asian Team Championship in Taipei.[24] Mrs Karthik competed under her maiden name (Pallikal) until 2016, adding her married name for the 2016-17 PSA Season commencing August 2016.[25] Following her second Indian national Title (see below) she continued her good form winning the Australian Open, her 11th PSA title in August 2016.[26] Dipika trains at the ICL-TNSRA Academy at Chennai
Chennai
under Cyrus Poncha and Major (rtd) S. Maniam. Her coach is the six time world champion, Sarah Fitz-Gerald to whom she attributes most of her recent success. Boycott of National Championship and Triumphant return[edit] Dipika refused to participate in the National Championship Squash between 2012 and 2015 due to the inequality in prize money where the women's championship winner was awarded only 40% of the prize money of the men's championship winner. [27] Equal prize money was finally agreed to for the 2016 championships where Dipika Pallikal Karthik upset Joshna Chinappa
Joshna Chinappa
4–11, 11–6, 11–2, 11–8, winning the title for the second time[28] Career statistics[edit]

Joshna Chinappa
Joshna Chinappa
with Pallikal Karthik, 2012

Following are the highlights of Dipika's WSA tour career.[10]

Event Year Result

Winnipeg Winter Club Open 2015 Winner

Macau Squash Open 2013 Winner[29]

Meadowood Pharmacy Open 2013 Winner

Australian Open 2012 Semi-finals

Tournament of Champions 2012 Runner-up

Crocodile Challenge Cup 2011 Winner

World Open 2011 Quarter-final

Dread Sports Series 2011 Winner

Orange County Open 2011 Winner

Awards[edit]

Award Year

Arjuna Award[17] 2012

Padma Shri[30] 2014

Personal life[edit] Dipika studied at Ethiraj College majoring in English (IIIrd year-2012-2013). On 15 November 2013, she became engaged to Indian Cricketer Dinesh Karthik.[31][32] who she married in both traditional Christian wedding style and Hindu wedding style on 18 August 2015 and 20 August 2015, respectively. [33] Pallikal Karthik has also been involved in sports based ecommerce; She is a brand ambassador of sports365.in an online store selling sports goods and fitness equipment. References[edit]

^ SquashHub [@SquashHub] (12 May 2016). "@SquashHub wish Indian team all the best for #AsianTeamChampionship #Squash @indiasquash @DipikaPallikal @kushsquash" (Tweet) – via Twitter.  ^ "Dipika Pallikal (India) Profile". squashinfo.com. Retrieved 19 August 2015.  ^ a b "Dipika Pallikal is first Indian to break into top 10". The Indian Express. 1 January 2012.  ^ "Local Sports News – Malayalee Dipika Pallikal wins in straight games to net sixth WSA title (Picture Album)". Ukmalayalee.com. 21 September 1991. Retrieved 30 November 2013.  ^ "Manorama Online – Home". ManoramaOnline.  ^ "Dipika Pallikal, the hot girl of Indian squash". Indiatvnews.com. 21 September 1991. Retrieved 30 November 2013.  ^ India
India
/ Players / Susan Itticheria – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 November 2015. ^ Abishek Mukherjee (20 August 2015). "Susan Itticheria-Dinesh Karthik and other cricket in-laws" – Cricket Country. Retrieved 2 November 2015. ^ a b "Pallikal wins three WISPA titles". jagran.com.  ^ a b c d "Profile at squashinfo.com". squashinfo.com.  ^ TOI (26 January 2012). "Dipika Pallikal storms into final of Tournament of Champions – The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 14 November 2012.  ^ "Dipika reaches Australian Open semi-final". worldsquash.org. 17 August 2012.  ^ " India
India
finish fifth in World Team Squash". The Times of India. 18 September 2012.  ^ " India
India
exit squash World Championships". sportal.co.in. 16 November 2012.  ^ " India
India
upset Ireland in World Team Squash Championship". The Times of India. 13 September 2012.  ^ PTI (4 February 2013). "Dipika Pallikal wins Meadowood Pharmacy Open – Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 30 November 2013.  ^ a b "Arjuna Awardees for 2012". Times of India. 29 August 2012.  ^ IANS (5 February 2014). "Dipika Pallikal returns to top 10 of squash world rankings – Sportskeeda". Sportskeeda.com. Retrieved 30 November 2013.  ^ Vinod, A. (2 August 2014). "Dipika and Joshna create history". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 August 2014.  ^ http://www.indiasquash.com/players-team-india.aspx ^ http://www.rediff.com/sports/report/photos-indias-gold-glut-continues-at-south-asian-games/20160210.htm ^ http://sportingindia.com/content/india-begin-well-team-event-squash-sag-2016 ^ https://psaworldtour.com/news/view/3552/wwc-update-au-holds-off-pallikal-to-seal-second-round-spot ^ http://www.sportskeeda.com/squash/asian-squash-championships-indian-women-go-down-fighting ^ https://psaworldtour.com/players/view/7872/info ^ https://psaworldtour.com/news/view/4013/al-tamimi-and-pallikal-karthik-capture-australian-open-crowns# ^ "Dipika Pallikal wants equal prize money". The Times of India.  ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/others/Dipika-Pallikal-Saurav-Ghosal-clinch-national-squash-titles/articleshow/53255068.cms ^ "Dipika triumphs". The Hindu. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.  ^ "Paes, Gopichand, Yuvraj, Dipika get Padma awards". IANS. Biharprabha News. Retrieved 25 January 2014.  ^ "Cricket meets squash: Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik
is engaged to Dipika Pallikal". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2 December 2013.  ^ "Cricketer Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik
engaged to squash star Dipika Pallikal". IBNLive.  ^ " Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik
Gets Married Twice in Three Days... to Dipika Pallikal!". 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dipika Pallikal.

Profile at Squashinfo.com profile at PSA World Tour profile at Squash Rackets Federation of India at Times of India

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Professional Squash Association: Top ten Asian female squash players as of August 2016

1. Nicol David
Nicol David
(3 1) 2. Annie Au
Annie Au
(10 1) 3. Joshna Chinappa
Joshna Chinappa
(12 2) 4. Delia Arnold
Delia Arnold
(17 1) 5. Dipika Pallikal Karthik
Dipika Pallikal Karthik
(19 )

6. Joey Chan (20 2) 7. Liu Tsz Ling (29 1) 8. Low Wee Wern
Low Wee Wern
(31 1) 9. Misaki Kobayashi (48 9) 10. Tong Tsz-Wing (50 1)

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Padma Award winners of Kerala

Padma Vibhushan

Adoor Gopalakrishnan E. C. George Sudarshan E. Sreedharan G. Madhavan Nair John Mathai K. N. Raj K. R. Ramanathan K. Shankar Pillai Kottayan Katankot Venugopal M. S. Valiathan N. R. Pillai O. N. V. Kurup V. K. Krishna Menon V. R. Krishna Iyer Verghese Kurien K. J. Yesudas

Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
(Male)

A. C. N. Nambiar Ammannur Madhava Chakyar A. Ramachandran A. Sreedhara Menon C. P. Krishnan Nair Chembai E. C. George Sudarshan Eledath Thaikkattu Narayanan Mooss G. Madhavan Nair G. Sankara Kurup Gabriel Chiramel George Joseph (scientist) Guru Kunchu Kurup Jacob Chandy K. G. Subramanyan K. J. Yesudas K. M. George K. M. Mathew K. P. Kesava Menon K. P. P. Nambiar K. P. S. Menon (senior) K. R. Ramanathan K. Radhakrishnan K. Sankaran Nair K. Shankar Pillai K. Sukumaran K. T. Thomas (Justice) Kandathil Mammen Cherian Kavalam Narayana Panicker Kottayan Katankot Venugopal Kunhiraman Palat Candeth Kuzhur Narayana Marar M. S. Valiathan M. T. Vasudevan Nair M. V. Pylee Madavoor Vasudevan Nair Mannathu Padmanabha Pillai O. V. Vijayan P. K. Warrier Palghat Mani Iyer Pothan Joseph Prem Nazir Raghavan Thirumulpad Ramankutty Nair Satish Nambiar
Satish Nambiar
# T. J. S. George T. K. Oommen T. N. Krishnan
T. N. Krishnan
* T. V. Gopalakrishnan T. V. R. Shenoy Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai Thayil John Cherian Thomas Kailath
Thomas Kailath
# Trichur V. Ramachandran V. K. Narayana Menon Vainu Bappu
Vainu Bappu
# Vallathol Narayana Menon Verghese Kurien

Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
(Female)

Balamani Amma Lakshmi N. Menon P. Leela Tara Cherian #

Padma Shri
Padma Shri
(Male)

A. Marthanda Pillai A. Sivathanu Pillai Adoor Gopalakrishnan Ammannur Madhava Chakyar Antony Padiyara Ayyappa Paniker Azad Moopen B. Paul Thaliath B. Ravi Pillai Balachandra Menon C. G. Krishnadas Nair Cheril Krishna Menon E. Sreedharan Eledath Thaikkattu Neelakandan Mooss Eluvathingal Devassy Jemmis G. Aravindan G. Shankar G. Vijayaraghavan Gopinath Pillai J. Hareendran Nair Jayaram Jose Chacko Periappuram K. J. Yesudas K. M. George K. M. Mammen Mappillai K. P. Haridas K. P. Udayabhanu K. Raghavan K. Ravindran Nair K. Shankar Pillai Kalamandalam Gopi Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair Kalamandalam Sivan Namboodiri Kandathil Mammen Cherian Kandathil Mammen Philip Kavungal Chathunni Panicker Keezhpadam Kumaran Nair Kunhiraman Palat Candeth Kunnenkeril K. Jacob Kurian John Melamparambil Kuzhivelil Mathew Laurie Baker ! Madhavan Chandradathan (M.C.Dathan) M. A. Yousuf Ali M. G. Ramachandran
M. G. Ramachandran
# M. Krishnan Nair (doctor) M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan
# M. R. Kurup M. S. Valiathan M. Vijayan Madhu (actor) Mammen Mathew Mammootty Mani Madhava Chakyar Mathew Kalarickal Mattannoor Sankarankutty Mitraniketan Viswanathan Mohanlal N. Balakrishnan Nair N. Kesava Panikkar N. R. Madhava Menon Narayana Panicker Kochupillai Neyyattinkara Vasudevan O. N. V. Kurup P. Gopinathan P. K. Narayanan Nambiar P. K. Rajagopalan P. K. Warrier P. Parameswaran Paul Pothen Perakath Verghese Benjamin Peruvanam Kuttan Marar Philip Augustine Prem Nazir Priyadarshan Pucadyil Ittoop John Puthenpurayil Mathew Joseph R. Marthanda Varma R. K. Krishna Kumar Rajagopalan Krishnan Resul Pookutty Shaji N. Karun Sooranad Kunjan Pillai Stanley John Sunny Varkey T. K. Alex T. N. Krishnan
T. N. Krishnan
* Thayil John Cherian Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair Thilakan Thomas Kunnunkal Vaikom Muhammad Basheer Vazhenkada Kunchu Nair Vellayani Arjunan Verghese Kurien Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri

Padma Shri
Padma Shri
(Female)

Achamma Mathai Anju Bobby George Dipika Pallikal Karthik
Dipika Pallikal Karthik
# K. M. Beenamol K. S. Chithra Kalamandalam Kshemavathy Kalamandalam Satyabhama Leela Omchery Lucy Oommen M. D. Valsamma M. Leelavathy M. Subhadra Nair Mary Poonen Lukose Mary Verghese P. T. Usha Pepita Seth ! Rachel Thomas (skydiver) Shiny Abraham Shobana Sudha Varghese Sugathakumari Sukumari Thangam Philip Usha Uthup Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan
*

(*)By birth - (#)By ethnicit

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