Dipika Pallikal Karthik (was born 21 September in the year 1991) is an Indian professional squash player. She is also the first women from India to interrupt into the highest 10 within the PSA in all-over Women’s ranking.
Dipika Pallikal came to prominence in the year 2011, when she won three WISPA tour titles. She had also broke into the highest 10 in December in the year 2012.
Early Life and Education:
Dipika Pallikal was born in Kottayam, which is a Malayali Christian family. She is the daughter of Sanjiv and and his mother named Susan Pallikal. Her mother had also played international cricket for the Indian women’s team.
Deepika turned professional in the year of 2006, but her career was crammed with ups and downs initially. She became more consistent and commenced notching up after winning performances after her brief training stint in Egypt at the beginning of the year 2011.Dipika clinched her first of three WISPA titles for the year 2011 in September by winning the Orange County Open in Irvine, California. She notched up her second within the u. s. with another WISPA tour event victory. The third came in port within the Crocodile Challenge Cup in December in the year of 2011 which took her to number 17 in all-over world rankings.
In December 2012, she broke into the highest 10 by achieving a career better ranking of 10. She became the primary Female Squash player to be conferred with the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award within the year 2012. In February 2014 she was back at number 10 within the Women’s Squash Association (WSA) rankings despite enduring a troublesome start to the year. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games she together with Joshna Chinappa won the squash women’s doubles palm, making it India’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal in the sport. In May she was a part of the silver-winning Indian Women’s team at the Asian Team Championship in Taipei. Pallikal Karthik competed under her surname (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 propriety winning the Australian Open, her 11th PSA title in August 2016.