Dipika Pallikal

Dipika Pallikal

 

Full name       Dipika Rebecca Pallikal

Karthik

Country          India

Born   21 September 1991 (age 27)

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)

Weight            69 kg (152 lb; 10.9 st)

Turned Pro    2006

Retired           active

Plays   Right handed

Coached by    Sarah Fitz-Gerald

Racquet used Technifibre

Women’s singles

Highest ranking           No. 10 (December 2012)

Current ranking           No. 19 (August 2016)

Title(s) 11

World Open    QF (2011)

Medal record

Women’s squash

Representing   India

Commonwealth Games

Gold medal – first place         2014 Glasgow Women’s doubles

Silver medal – second place    2018 Gold Coast         Women’s doubles

Silver medal – second place    2018 Gold Coast         Mixed doubles

Asian Games

Silver medal – second place    2014 Incheon  Women’s team

Bronze medal – third place     2014 Incheon  Women’s singles

Bronze medal – third place     2018 Jakarta    Women’s singles

Last updated on: 25 August 2018.

Dipika Pallikal Karthik (née Pallikal; born 21 September 1991) is an Indian professional 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.

 

 

Early life

Dipika Pallikal was born in Chennai to a Malayali family. She is the daughter of Sanjiv and Susan Pallikal (née Itticheria), originally from the state of Kerala.  Her mother played international cricket for the Indian women’s team.  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

Deepika turned professional in 2006, 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.

 

She clinched her first of three WISPA titles for 2011 in September by winning the Orange County Open in Irvine, California. She notched up her second in the United States with another WISPA tour event victory. The third came in Hong Kong in the Crocodile Challenge Cup in December 2011 and that took her to number 17 in world ranki 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.  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.

 

Deepika Pallikal was an integral part of the Indian squash team that finished fifth in the 2012 Women’s World Team Squash Championships. India, seeded tenth in the event, defeated higher ranked Netherlands and Ireland in the process. She defeated players like Madeline Perry in the tournament. 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.

 

In December 2012, she broke into the top 10 by achieving a career best of ranking of 10. She became the first Female Squash player to be conferred with the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award in the year 2012.  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.  At the 2014 Commonwealth Games she along with Joshna Chinappa won the squash women’s doubles gold medal, making it India’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal in the sport.  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  She was then defeated in the first round of the 2016 PSA Women’s World Championship in April. In May she was part of the silver medal winning Indian Women’s team at the Asian Team Championship in Taipei.

 

Mrs. Karthik competed under her maiden name (Pallikal) until 2016, adding her married name for the 2016-17 PSA Season commencing August 2016. Following her second Indian national Title (see below) she continued her good form winning the Australian Open, her 11th PSA title in August 2016.

 

Dipika trains at the ICL-TNSRA Academy at 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

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.  Equal prize money was finally agreed to for the 2016 championships where Dipika Pallikal Karthik upset Joshna Chinappa 4–11, 11–6, 11–2, 11–8, winning the title for the second time.

 

Career statistics

 

Joshna Chinappa with Pallikal Karthik, 2012

Following are the highlights of Dipika’s WSA tour career.

 

Event   Year    Result

Canada Winnipeg Winter Club Open 2015    Winner

China Macau Squash Open     2013    Winner

Canada Meadowood Pharmacy Open            2013    Winner

Australia Australian Open      2012    Semi-finals

United States Tournament of Champions      2012    Runner-up

Hong Kong Crocodile Challenge Cup            2011    Winner

Netherlands World Open        2011    Quarter-final

United States Dread Sports Series     2011    Winner

United States Orange County Open   2011    Winner

Awards

Award            Year

Arjuna Award 2012

Padma Shri      2014

Personal life

Dipika Pallikal Married To Dinesh Karthik

Pallikal, who is married to cricketer Dinesh Karthik, made history in Glasgow four years ago when she won doubles gold with partner Joshna Chinappa

Pallikal, who is married to cricketer Dinesh Karthik, made history in Glasgow four years ago when she won doubles gold with partner Joshna Chinappa.

 

 

Her wedding in 2015 was splashed across national media and made Pallikal a household name, although she made headlines by declaring she hated cricket. “I said that because I feel that every other sport is getting overshadowed by cricket,” said Pallikal after arriving in Gold Coast to defend her title.

 

“It’s kind of hard to try and concentrate on my career, as well as my husband’s. We’re all athletes and all have to be treated equally.” Pallikal, whose jet-setting lifestyle is followed by 255,000 users on Instagram, insists she doesn’t follow cricket.

 

“There’s a lot more media, a lot more attention that comes with cricket and I now get it because I’m married to (a cricketer),” she said. “To be honest I never watch him play.”

 

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Dipika studied at Ethiraj College majoring in English (IIIrd year-2012-2013). On 15 November 2013, she became engaged to Indian Cricketer Dinesh Karthik.  who she married in both traditional Christian wedding style and Hindu wedding style on 18 August 2015 and 20 August 2015, respectively.

 

Padma Award winners of Kerala

Categories: Indian female squash players1991 births Living people Squash players at the 2010 Commonwealth Games Asian Games medalists in squash Squash players at the 2010 Asian Games Squash players at the 2014 Asian Games Squash players at the 2018 Asian Games Asian Games silver medalists for India Asian Games bronze medalists for India Recipients of the Arjuna Award Recipients of the Padma Shri in sports Commonwealth Games gold medallists for India Racket sportspeople from Chennai Indian Christians Squash players at the 2014 Commonwealth Games Commonwealth Games medallists in squash Sportswomen from Tamil NaduMedalists at the 2014 Asian Games21st-century Indian women Medalists at the 2010 Asian Games Squash players at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Commonwealth Games silver medallists for India Medalists at the 2018 Asian Games

 

 

 

 

 

Career Highlights:

Pallikal turned professional in 2006, 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.

She clinched her first of three WISPA titles for 2011 in September by winning the Orange County Open in Irvine, California. She notched up her second in the United States with another WISPA tour event victory. The third came in Hong Kong in the Crocodile Challenge Cup in December 2011 and that took her to number 17 in world rankings. 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. In August same year, she went one step further when she reached the semifinals of a gold event, the 2012 Australian Open, another first for an Indian.

Pallikal was an integral part of the Indian squash team that finished fifth in the 2012 Women’s World Team Squash Championships. India, seeded tenth in the event, defeated higher ranked Netherlands and Ireland in the process. She defeated players like Madeline Perry in the tournament. 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.

In December 2012, she broke into the top 10 by achieving a career best of ranking of 10.She became the first Female Squash player to be conferred with the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award in the year 2012. 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. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games she along with Joshna Chinappa won the squash women’s doubles gold medal, making it India’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal in the sport.

Pallikal trains at the ICL-TNSRA Academy at 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.

 

Dipika Pallikal Achievements

2013

  • Ethiraj College Alumni Award for Achievements in Squash
  • Macau Squash Open Winner
  • Canada Meadowood Pharmacy Open Winner

 

2012

  • Arjuna Award
  • Rotary Club of Madras’ Vocational Excellence Award
  • Australia Australian Open Semifinals
  • United States Tournament of Champions Runner Up

 

2011

  • Vocational Service Award
  • NDTV 24/7 Rock Star Best Sportswoman Award
  • L’oreal Famine Best Sportsperson Award
  • Hong Kong Crocodile Challenge Cup Winner
  • Netherlands World Open Quarterfinal
  • United States Dread Sports Series
  • United States Orange County Open Winner

 

2009

  • Nominated for the “Young Player of the Year” at the World Squash Awards

 

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