Dipika becomes India`s highest ranked women squash player

Dipika Pallikal has climbed up to the 24th spot to become the highest ranked Indian women squash player in the world, surpassing former national champion Misha Grewal.

Last Updated: Feb 03, 2011, 19:19 PM IST

New Delhi: Dipika Pallikal has climbed up to
the 24th spot to become the highest ranked Indian women squash
player in the world, surpassing former national champion Misha
Grewal.

After equaling Grewal`s record last month -- best ranking
of 27th registered in 1995 -- Dipika jumped three rungs to
achieve the feat, courtesy her title triumph in the
Nepal Open in November.

In the recently-released rankings published by the
Women`s International Squash Players` Association (WISPA),
Dipika is at the 24th place while her countrymate Joshna
Chinappa find herself at th 35th position.

The 19-year-old Chennai girl`s rise to her best-ever
career rankings can be attributed to her last-16 finish at the
Harrow Greenwich Open in January, where she defeated
compatriot Chinappa in the qualifiers before losing to
Egyptian Raneem El Weleily.

Dipika, turned professional in 2006, started 2010 at 46
and ended the year at the 29th spot with the help of two
WISPA titles, the other one being her maiden victory in the
Indian Challenger event in April.

"I am looking forward to break into top 20 first and then
plan the things accordingly. I have been training hard in
Egypt to achieve that feat," said Dipika.

Malaysia`s Nicol David marked another significant
milestone in her illustrious career by celebrating her 58th
month as world number one in the rankings chart.

England`s Jenny Duncalf and fellow countrywoman Alison
Waters are placed second and third respectively.

In the new February Dunlop PSA men`s world squash
rankings, India`s top racqueter Saurav Ghosal is placed 24th,
while countrymates Siddharth Suchde and Harinder Pal Sandhu
are lingering at the 83rd and 113th positions respectively.

England`s Nick Matthew continued to lead the pack ahead
of Egypt`s Ramy Ashour and Karim Darwish.

England`s James Willstrop is placed fourth while another
Egyptian Amr Shabana occupy the fifth position.

PTI