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Dipika Pallikal Karthik

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Dipika Pallikal Karthik

Born: 21 September 1991

  • She is an Indian professional squash player.
  • She is the first Indian to break into the top 10 in the PSA Women’s rankings.
  • She 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.
  • She 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 at 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.

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