About Dipika Pallikal
Dipika Rebecca Pallikal is an Indian squash player. She is the first Indian to break into the top 10 in the WSA rankings.
- 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.