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Dipika Pallikal

Dipika Pallikal
Pallikal during the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Squash 2012.
Full nameDipika Rebecca Pallikal[1] Karthik[2]
Country India
Born (1991-09-21) 21 September 1991 (age 32)[3]
Height171 cm (5 ft 7+12 in)
Weight69 kg (152 lb; 10.9 st)
Turned Pro2006
PlaysRight handed
Coached bySarah Fitz-Gerald
Racquet usedTechnifibre
Women's singles
Highest rankingNo. 10 (December 2012)
Current rankingNo. 19 (August 2016)
Title(s)11( 18 finals)
World OpenQF (2011)
Medal record
Women's squash
Representing  India
World Doubles Championships
Gold medal – first place 2022 Glasgow Doubles
Gold medal – first place 2022 Glasgow Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 2016 Darwin Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Darwin Doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Manchester Doubles
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2014 Glasgow Doubles
Silver medal – second place 2018 Gold Coast Doubles
Silver medal – second place 2018 Gold Coast Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2022 Birmingham Mixed doubles
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2022 Hangzhou Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 2014 Incheon Team
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guangzhou Team
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Incheon Singles
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Jakarta Singles
Bronze medal – third place 2022 Hangzhou Team
Asian Individual Championships
Silver medal – second place 2017 Chennai Singles
Last updated: 13 April 2022.

Dipika 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. She broke into the top 10 in December 2012.[4]

Early life

Dipika Pallikal was born in Kottayam into a Malayali family.[5] She is the daughter of Sanjiv Pallikal and Susan Pallikal.[6][7] Her mother played international cricket for the Indian women's team.[8][9]

Professional career

Deepika turned professional in 2006,[10] 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.[10]

She clinched her first of three WISPA titles for 2011 in September by winning the Orange County Open in Irvine, California.[11] She notched up her second in the United States with another WISPA tour event victory.[11] The third came in Hong Kong in the Crocodile Challenge Cup in December 2011 and that took her to number 17 in world rankings.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] In August the 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.[14]

Deepika Pallikal was an integral part of the Indian squash team that finished fifth in the 2012 Women's World Team Squash Championships.[15] India, seeded tenth in the event, defeated higher ranked Netherlands and Ireland in the process.[16] She defeated players like Madeline Perry in the tournament.[17] 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.[18]

In December 2012, she broke into the top 10 by achieving a career best of ranking of 10.[4] She became the first Female Squash player to be conferred with the Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting award in the year 2012.[19] In February 2014 she was back at number 10 in the Women's Squash Association (WSA) rankings despite enduring a tough start to the year.[20] 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.[21] 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 [22][23][24] She was then defeated in the first round of the 2016 PSA Women's World Championship in April.[25] In May she was part of the silver medal-winning Indian Women's team at the Asian Team Championship in Taipei.[26]

Pallikal Karthik competed under her maiden name (Pallikal) until 2016, adding her married name for the 2016-17 PSA Season commencing August 2016.[27] Following her second Indian national Title (see below) she continued her good form winning the Australian Open, her 11th PSA title in August 2016.[28]

Boycott of National Championship and Triumphant return

Pallikal Karthik 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. [29] Equal prize money was finally agreed to for the 2016 championships where Deepika Pallikal Karthik upset Joshna Chinappa 4–11, 11–6, 11–2, 11–8, winning the title for the second time[30]

Career statistics

Joshna Chinappa with Pallikal Karthik, 2012

Following are the highlights of Dipika's WSA tour career.[11]

Event Year Result
Canada Winnipeg Winter Club Open 2015 Winner
China Macau Squash Open 2013 Winner[31]
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


Pallikal Karthik receiving the Arjuna Award in 2012
Award Year
Arjuna Award[19] 2012
Padma Shri[32] 2014

Personal life

Pallikal Karthik studied at Ethiraj College for Women majoring in English (IIIrd year-2012-2013). On 15 November 2013, she got engaged to Indian Cricketer Dinesh Karthik.[33][34] whom she married in both traditional Christian wedding style and Hindu wedding style on 18 August 2015 and 20 August 2015, respectively.[35] The couple became parents to twin boys, Kabir and Zian, on 18 October 2021.[36]


  1. ^ "List of Padma awardees". The Hindu. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  2. ^ SquashHub [@SquashHub] (12 May 2016). "@SquashHub wish Indian team all the best for #AsianTeamChampionship #Squash @indiasquash @DipikaPallikal @kushsquash" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "Dipika Pallikal (India) Profile". Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Dipika Pallikal is first Indian to break into top 10". The Indian Express. 1 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Local Sports News – Malayalee Dipika Pallikal wins in straight games to net sixth WSA title (Picture Album)". 21 September 1991. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Manorama Online – Home". ManoramaOnline. Archived from the original on 6 August 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Dipika Pallikal, the hot girl of Indian squash". 21 September 1991. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  8. ^ India / Players / Susan Itticheria – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  9. ^ Abishek Mukherjee (20 August 2015). "Susan Itticheria-Dinesh Karthik and other cricket in-laws" – Cricket Country. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Pallikal wins three WISPA titles".
  11. ^ a b c d "Profile at".
  12. ^ Nag, Utathya (11 November 2023). "Who is Dipika Pallikal - A squash poster-girl and a supermom". Retrieved 6 February 2024.
  13. ^ TOI (26 January 2012). "Dipika Pallikal storms into final of Tournament of Champions – The Times of India". Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  14. ^ "Dipika reaches Australian Open semi-final". 17 August 2012.
  15. ^ "India finish fifth in World Team Squash". The Times of India. 18 September 2012. Archived from the original on 21 May 2013.
  16. ^ "India exit squash World Championships". 16 November 2012.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "India upset Ireland in World Team Squash Championship". The Times of India. 13 September 2012. Archived from the original on 21 May 2013.
  18. ^ PTI (4 February 2013). "Dipika Pallikal wins Meadowood Pharmacy Open – Times of India". Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  19. ^ a b "Arjuna Awardees for 2012". Times of India. 29 August 2012.
  20. ^ IANS (5 February 2014). "Dipika Pallikal returns to top 10 of squash world rankings – Sportskeeda". Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  21. ^ Vinod, A. (2 August 2014). "Dipika and Joshna create history". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  22. ^ "Squash Rackets Federation of India". Archived from the original on 12 May 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  23. ^ "PHOTOS: India's gold-glut continues at South Asian Games - Sports".
  24. ^ "India begin well in the team event of squash in the SAG 2016". 8 February 2016. Archived from the original on 30 August 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  25. ^ "WWC Update: Au Holds Off Pallikal to Seal Second Round Spot - Professional Squash Association".
  26. ^ "Asian Squash Championships: Indian women go down fighting". 15 May 2016.
  27. ^ "Dipika Pallikal Karthik - Professional Squash Association".
  28. ^ "Al Tamimi and Pallikal Karthik Capture Australian Open Crowns - Professional Squash Association".
  29. ^ "Dipika Pallikal wants equal prize money". The Times of India.
  30. ^ "Dipika Pallikal, Saurav Ghosal clinch national squash titles | More sports News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  31. ^ "Dipika triumphs". The Hindu. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  32. ^ "Paes, Gopichand, Yuvraj, Dipika get Padma awards". IANS. Biharprabha News. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  33. ^ "Cricket meets squash: Dinesh Karthik is engaged to Dipika Pallikal". The Indian Express. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  34. ^ "Cricketer Dinesh Karthik engaged to squash star Dipika Pallikal". IBNLive. Archived from the original on 1 December 2013.
  35. ^ "Dinesh Karthik Gets Married Twice in Three Days... to Dipika Pallikal!". Archived from the original on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  36. ^ "Dinesh Karthik and wife Dipika Pallikal blessed with twins! Adorable pictures of the new parents will melt your heart". The Times of India. 29 October 2021. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
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