Dipika Pallikal Biography, Height, Age, Education and Family

   

Dipika Pallikal is one of India’s best female players ever. She has created history throughout her career and became the face of Indian squash. A successful player, a model and the youngest ever Padma Shri awardee, she has been an inspiration.

Dipika Pallikal was born on 21st September, 1991 in Chennai, TamilNadu, India, into a Malayali family. Her full name is Dipika Rebecca Pallikal. Her zodiac sign is Virgo. Currently she is 26 years old (as of August 2018).

The Indian Squash Star is 5 feet 7 inches tall with black hair and beautiful brown eyes. She weighs 65 kg with body measurements of 34-26-36.

 


Her Father Sanjiv George Pallikal and her Mother Susan Pallikal (Susan Itticheria), are Malayali Christian couple of Syrian origin. They were originally from Kallooppara village in Pathanamthitta district in the state of Kerala.

Her father is the Managing Director & Founder of “Reach Management Consultants pvt. Ltd., Chennai.

Her mother Susan Itticheria had played 7 test matches and 2 One Day International Matches for the Indian national women cricket team from year 1976 to 1978.

 


She also has two elder sisters Divya and Dia Pallikal. While the eldest Divya is a chartered accountant, the middle one Dia is a graphic designer.

 


She did her schooling from “Good Shepherd Matriculation Higher Secondary School”, Chennai and her graduation in B.A. (English Hons.) From “Ethiraj College for Women”, Chennai.

Earlier she had trained at three places — in Egypt, under “Amr Wagih”, in England, under “Malcolm Wilstrop” and in her hometown Chennai, under “Cyrus Poncha”. But there came a great improvement in her game and ranking since she was coached by 6 time world champion “Sarah Fitz-Gerald” of Australia.

In 2012, she became the 1st Female Squash player to be conferred with the “Arjuna Award” (India’s 2nd highest sporting award).

In 2014, she went one better and won the “Padma Shri award” (India’s 4th highest civilian honour). She was the youngest ever Padma Shri awardee.

 


Dipika Pallikal and Dinesh Kartik:

Dipika and Kartik first meet briefly during the 2008 Chennai marathon. Dinesh Kartik was then married to “Nikita Vanjara”. It was a love marriage and they were childhood lovebirds.

But they get divorced in 2012. While Nikita Vanjara got married to another Indian cricketer “Murali Vijay”, in the same year, fate has other plans for Kartik .

 


Dipika and Dinesh met again in 2013 while training under the same Trainer “Mr. Shankar Basu” at the Maverick gym in Chennai, though they have different timing.

During one of the fitness Session at the Gym, Dinesh Karthik asked Dipika for dinner, but she lied that she is leaving for Australia the next day.

Next morning Kartik went to the gym at dipika’s timing and caught her lie. She became very embarrassed. The next day both met for breakfast and there was a long conversation between the two and a friendship blossomed.

 


Their friendship blossomed into love during Feb 2013, when Kartik flew all the way to Leeds England to meet her, where she was undergoing a week long Training.

In June 2013 that he asked her to marry him. They got engaged on November 15, 2013 in Chennai.

The Couple got married on 18th August 2015 as per Christian rituals at the Leela Palace Hotel, Chennai. And two days later on 20th August 2015 they got married for the second time in a Telugu-Naidu style wedding at the ITC Grand Chola, Chennai.

Also read 20 Most Beautiful Indian Cricketer’s Wives Short Bio

 


The couple bought together a beautiful lavish house in the posh neighbourhood of Poes Garden, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

 

Dipika Pallikal Modelling, Films and Ads:

1. Cardia Life oil Ad

2. Fabelle Exquisite Chocolates Ad

3. OnePlus ad

4. TN Elections 2016 Ad

5. Verve Magazine Cover Page Model:

Dipika Pallikal Kartik and Joshna Chinappa (Head-to-Head):

Dipika Pallikal

Joshna Chinappa

Head-to-Head Matches Won 2 7
World Ranking (Aug 2018) 19 16
World Series Ranking 18 13
Tournaments in 2018

(Till Aug 2018)

12 12
Points 2525 3205
Average 255 321

 

Dipika pallikal Squash Journey:

She started playing squash, when she was 8 years old. When she was in her 6th grade, she played her first international tournament in London.

In 2002, at the age of 11, she became a national junior champion.

In 2006 she started participating in the professional senior squash circuit

From 2003 till Aug 2018, Dipika had played in 192 international events and 501 matches.

Some of her career highlights were:

  1. 5 WISPA (Women’s International Squash Players Association) Title won during April 2010 to Dec 2011
Calendar Event – Venue Opponent Prize
12-17 Apr 2010 Indian challenger #5,2010,

Kolkata

Won her maiden WISPA title against Emma Beddoes of England

(11/9, 11/8, 9/11, 11/6) in 55 Minutes

8000$
12-13 Nov 2010 Nepal Open 2010,

Lalitpur, Nepal

Won against kylie Lindsay of new Zealand

(10/12, 11,/2, 11/1, 11/5)

10,000$
6-11 Sep 2011 Orange County Open 2011,

Irvine,USA

Won against Yathreb Adel of Egypt

(11/6, 12/10, 11/9) in 1 hour

9000$
13-16 Oct 2011 Dread sports series #2,2011, Washington D.C., USA Won against sarah-jane perry of England

(11/9, 11/3, 11/7) in 33 minutes

12,000$
13-18 Dec 2011 Crocodile challenge cup 2011,

Hong Kong

Won against Joey Chan of Hong Kong

(10/12, 11/8, 10/12, 11/8, 14/12) in 1 hour

16,000$

 

 

  1. Windy City Open 2011 – Runner-up:
Calendar Event – Venue Opponent Prize
2-7 Feb 2011 Windy City Open, Chicago , USA Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Dipika Pallikal in the finals

(11/4, 6/11, 12/10, 2/11, 11/6)

10,000$

 

 

  1. Tournament of champions 2012- Runner up

Australian Open 2012 – semifinalist

18-26 jan 2012 Natalie Grinham (NED) Bt dipika pallikal

(11/4, 11/3, 11/3) in 25 Minutes

In the finals of TOC.

27,000$
13-19 Aug 2012 Laura Massaro (ENG) bt dipika pallikal

(11/7, 7/11, 13/11, 3/11, 11/9) in 72 minutes; in the semifinals of Australian Open.

50,000$

 

She became the 1st Indian ever to reach the finals of a “Silver squash event” when she reached the final of the “Tournament of Champions” squash meet in New York in 2012.

Dipika Pallikal then made history by becoming the 1st Indian player to reach the semi-final of a ‘WSA” Gold event at “Australian Open”.

Dipika Pallikal then became the 1st Indian to break into the top 10 of the WISPA (Women’s International Squash Players Association) world rankings.

 

  1. Two more (her 6th & 7th) WISPA Titles in 2013:
Calendar Event – Venue Opponent Prize
29 Jan- 3feb 2013 Meadowood Pharmacy Open 2013,Winnipeg, Canada Won against Joey Chan

(HKG)

(11/9, 11/7, 11/4)

15,000$
15-20 Oct 2013 Macau Open 2013 Won against Rachael Grinham (AUS)

(12/10, 5/11, 11/7, 11/9)

50,000$

 

  1. Commonwealth Gold In 2014
Calendar Event – Venue Opponent Prize
29 July- 2 August Squash Women’s Doubles – Glasgow Won against top-seeded English pair of Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro

(11-6, 11-8)

CWG GOLD

 

The fifth-seeded Indian pair of Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Created History by winning the 1st ever CWG Squash Gold for India.

 

  1. Texas Open 2014 – Runner-up:
Calendar Event – Venue Opponent Prize
8-13 april 2014 Texas open 2014 Nour el sherbini (EGY) bt dipika pallikal in the finals

(11/7, 5/11, 11/7, 11/8)

50,000$

 

  1. Two more (her 8th & 9th) WISPA Titles in 2014:
Calendar Event – Venue Opponent Prize
14-19 Oct 2014 JSW Indian Circuit #3 2014, Mumbai Won against Nouran El Torky (EGY)

(14/12, 12/10, 11/7)

5000$
25-29 Oct 2014 JSW Indian Circuit #4 2014,

Chennai

Won against Misaki Kobayashi (JPN)

(11/6, 11/2, 11/8)

10,000$

 

  1. 10th WISPA Title in 2015:
Calendar Event – Venue Opponent Prize
28 Jan – 1 Feb 2015 Winter Club Open 2015, Winnipeg, Canada Won against Heba El Torky (EGY)

(11/4, 11/9, 11/8)

15,000$

 

 

  1. Granite Open 2015 – Runner-up:
Calendar Event – Venue Opponent Prize
16-20 Feb 2015 Toronto, Canada Sarah-Jane-Perry (ENG) bt Dipika Pallikal in the finals

(8/11, 11/6, 12/10, 11/7)

25,000$

 

  1. Victoria Open 2016 – Runner-up:
Calendar Event – Venue Opponent Prize
8 Aug 2016 Melbourne Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt Dipika Pallikal in the finals

(11-6, 4-11, 11-3, 7-11, 9-11)

15,000$

 

  1. 11th WISPA Title:
Calendar Event – Venue Opponent Prize
Aug 2016 Melbourne Won against Mayar Hany (EGY)

(10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4)

27,000$

 

  1. In Asian Games
2010 Asian games 2010, Guangzhou, China Bronze
2014 Asian games 2014, Incheon, South Korea Women’s team (Silver)

Women’s singles (Bronze)

2018 Asian games 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia Women’s singles (Bronze)

 

  1. Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast,

     Australia

Women’s doubles Silver
Mixed doubles Silver

 

 

Dipika Pallikal Squash Journey (2001-2010):

Year Title Position
2001 Girls U-13, Sub Junior / Junior National Squash Championship Quarter Finalist
2002 Girls U-13, Complan Junior Squash Open Semi-finalist
2002 Girls Under-13, Junior / Sub-Junior National Squash Championship Winner
2003 Girls U-13 & U-15, Otters Open Squash Championship Winner
2003 Girls U-19, East India Junior Squash Championship Winner
2003 Girls U-13, Indian Junior Squash Open Winner
2003 Girls U-13, Sub-Junior / Junior National Squash Championship Runner Up
2003 Girls U-15, Natalia – SRFI Winner
2004 Women’s Open, 52nd National Squash Championship Semi-finalist
2004 Women’s Open, 1st National Doubles Squash Championship Winner
2004 Harish Chandra Golcha Memorial Rajasthan Women’s Open (National Level Squash Championship) Semi-finalist
2004 Girls U-15, Harish Chandra Golcha Memorial Rajasthan Women’s Open Winner
2004 Girls U-15, Sub-Junior / Junior National Squash Championship Runner Up
2004 Women’s Open, Northern India Squash Championship Runner Up
2004 Girls U-17, Northern India Squash Championship Winner
2004 Girls U-19, The Little Masters Junior Squash Tournament Runner Up
2004 Girls U-15, The Little Masters Junior Squash Tournament Winner
2005 Women’s Open, Chelmsford Delhi Open Squash Championship Runner Up
2005 Girls U -17, Chelmsford Delhi Open Squash Championship Winner
2005 Girls U-17, 1st Southern India Squash Championship Winner
2005 Women’s Open, Rajasthan  Open (National Level Squash Championship) Runner Up
2005 Girls U-17, Rajasthan  Open Winner
2005 Girls U-19,  The Little Masters Junior Squash Tournament Winner
2005 Girls U-15, The Little Masters Junior Squash Tournament Winner
2005 Girls U-19, Sub-Junior / Junior National Squash Championship Runner Up
2005 Girls U-19, The Daly   College Indian Junior Squash Open Winner
2005 Girls U-15, 62nd C.C.I. Western India Open Squash Tournament Winner
2005 Girls U-19, 62nd C.C.I. Western India Open Squash Tournament Winner
2006 Women’s, South Asian Games Squash Championship, Colombo Runner Up
2006 Girls U-19, Sub-Junior / Junior National Squash Championship Winner
2007 Women’s, National Squash Championship Runner Up
2007 Girls U-19, Sub-Junior / Junior National Squash Championship Winner
2008 Women’s U-17, British Junior Open Winner
2008 Asian Seniors Individual Squash Championship (HongKong) Winner
2008 Women, 56th National Squash Championship Runner Up
2008 Women, Maharashtra State Open Squash Championship Semi-Finalist
2008 Girls U-19, Sub-Junior/Junior National Squash Championship Winner
2009 Women’s Internationaux de Creteil, France Semi-Finalist
2009 World Junior Individual Squash Championship Semi-Finalist
2009 Asian Junior Squash Championship Runner Up
2009 Coronation Squash Open, London Quarterfinalist
2009 McWil Courtwall Women’s Austrian Open Squash Championship, Vienna, Austria Semi-Finalist
2010 ESR International doubles championship, Manchester Winner
2010 Swedish Open, Sweden Semi-finalist
2010 Mixed Doubles, Chennai Squash Open Winner
2010 Women’s Sheikha Sheikha Saad Al Sabah International, Kuwait Runner Up
2010 World’s Junior Individual Squash Championship, Cologne , Germany Semi-finalist
2010 Punj Lloyd Squash Masters Quarterfinalist
   

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