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Irfan Pathan marries model Safa Baig in private, low-key affair
Irfan Pathan marries model Safa Baig in private, low-key affair

Safa Baig is a 21-year-old model from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.Indian cricketer, Irfan Pathan got married to Safa Baig, a 21-year-old Saudi Arabian model, in a simple and extremely private wedding ceremony held at Jeddah on February 4, Times of India reports. The 'Nikaah' ceremony was held at Haram Shareef in Mecca and was attended only by family members and close relatives while a dinner programme was arranged by the Pathans at Hotel Tride

Feb 6 2016
Women’s World Squash Championships to be held from April 23-30 in Malaysia
Women’s World Squash Championships to be held from April 23-30 in Malaysia

Pallikal reached the quarter-finals of the World Championships in 2011.After much speculation and a long wait, the Women’s World Squash Championships has finally got a place in the calendar. The prestigious world meet will now be held at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia from April 23-30, 2016.It was earlier scheduled to take place in Kuala Lumpur from December 11-17 in 2015. But the organizers of the tournament, Hallmark

Feb 5 2016
Dipika Pallikal withdraws partially from the South Asian Games 2016
Dipika Pallikal withdraws partially from the South Asian Games 2016

Pallikal has complained of a sharp pain in her shoulder while playing in the Cleveland Classic tournament.On the eve of the squash competition in the South Asian Games 2016 in Guwahati, India’s number two woman player Dipika Pallikal has sought permission from the Squash Racket Federation of India and withdrawn from the individual event citing a shoulder injury.In her message to the National Coach Cyrus Poncha, Dipika, who is rank

Feb 4 2016
Joshna Chinappa rises one spot to 14th in the latest PSA World Rankings
Joshna Chinappa rises one spot to 14th in the latest PSA World Rankings

Chinappa reached the quarter-finals of the Cleveland ClassicThe Indian national champion Joshna Chinappa rose one spot to be ranked 14th as the PSA World Rankings for the month of February got released on Monday. Her compatriots, Dipika Pallikal and Sachika Ingale, meanwhile, remained static at the 17th and the 84th spots respectively.Both Chinappa and Pallikal reached the quarter-finals of their most recent tournament – the Cleve

Feb 1 2016
Cleveland Classic: Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa bow out of the competition
Cleveland Classic: Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa bow out of the competition

Dipika failed to mount any challenge against fourth seed Amanda SobhyThe Indian interest in the Cleveland Classic Squash, a PSA World Tour event, in Ohio ended on Sunday evening with the exit of both Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal at the quarterfinal stage.The sixth-seeded Joshna had the misfortune of meeting the top seed Camille Serme of France and even though she drew out a game lost in four games overall.  The French p

Cleveland Classic: Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal progress
Cleveland Classic: Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal progress

The in-form Dipika Pallikal upset the seventh seedOn a day of double delight for Indian squash, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal won their opening rounds at the $50, 000 Cleveland Classic in the USA on Saturday. While Pallikal caused an upset by toppling the seventh seed Low Wee Wern 11-2, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, Chinappa beat qualifier Georgina Stoker 3-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9 to make it through to the quarter-finals.Dipika was coming off a semi-final

Jan 31 2016
Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal won the first round in the Cleveland Classic
Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal won the first round in the Cleveland Classic

Joshna Chinappa in actionThe two Indian women stars Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal made a bright start to their campaign in the $50,000 Cleveland Squash Classic, a PSA World tour event in Ohio in USA.Both of them got past their respective first round opponents to reach the quarters in this draw of 16. Sixth seeded Joshna survived a scare before beating the English qualifier Georgina Stoker 3-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9 while Dipika, who is unseeded

Jan 31 2016
Cleveland Classic: Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal hope to carry their good form
Cleveland Classic: Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal hope to carry their good form

Both of them have been doing very well lately.The Indian duo of Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal will look for confidence-boosting performances as they begin their campaign at the $50,000 Cleveland Classic in the USA on Saturday. While the sixth-seeded Chinappa faces a qualifier in the first round, the unseeded Pallikal is up against the seventh seed and former World No. 5 Low Wee Wern of Malaysia in her opener.The 17th ranked Pallikal is comi

Jan 30 2016
Granite Open 2016: Dipika Pallikal goes down fighting in the semi-final
Granite Open 2016: Dipika Pallikal goes down fighting in the semi-final

She lost to the sixth-seed in a 62-minute battle.World No. 17 Dipika Pallikal fought hard only to be denied a place in the final of the $25,000 Slaight Music and Roundtable Capital Granite Open in Toronto on Thursday. The second-seeded Pallikal went down 10-12, 9-11, 9-11 to the sixth seed Nicolette Fernandes of Guyana in a 62-minute battle.It was a gripping semi-final in which last year’s runner-up Pallikal had the slender lead initially a

Jan 22 2016
Dipika Pallikal reaches semi-finals of the Granite Open
Dipika Pallikal reaches semi-finals of the Granite Open

Dipika Pallikal will aim to go one spot better at the Granite Open this time. World No. 17 Dipika Pallikal produced a strong performance to book her place in the semi-finals of the $25,000 Slaight Music and Roundtable Capital Granite Open in Toronto on Wednesday. The second-seeded Indian beat the fifth seed Salma Hany Ibrahim of Egypt 12-10, 11-2, 11-4 in 34 minutes.In the semis on Thursday, the 24-year-old will meet the sixth seed Nicolette

Jan 21 2016
Slaight Music And Roundtable Capital Granite Open 2016: Results
Slaight Music And Roundtable Capital Granite Open 2016: Results

India’s Dipika Pallikal (R) is the second seed at the tournamentDay 1Fiona Moverley bt Jenny Duncalf [1] 3-1Dipika Pallikal bt Nouran El-Tourky 3-1Samantha Teran bt Nele Gilis 3-1Olivia Blatchford bt Millie Tomlinson 3-2Victoria Lust bt Misaki Kobayashi 3-1Deon Saffery bt Rachael Grinham 3-1Nicollette Fernandes bt Amanda Landers-Murphy 3-0Salma Hany Ibrahim bt Nikki Todd 3-2 Day 2Fiona Moverley bt Samantha Teran  3-2Victoria Lust

Jan 20 2016
Strong start for Dipika Pallikal at PSA Granite Open
Strong start for Dipika Pallikal at PSA Granite Open

Pallikal is seeded second at the tournamentLast year’s finalist and India’s leading player Dipika Pallikal started off on a strong note with a 3-1 win over Egyptian qualifier Nouran El Torky in the first round of the Granite Open, a $25,000 PSA world tour event in Toronto, Canada late on Tuesday.  The Indian won 11-4,9-11, 11-2, 11-7.Playing an Egyptian is always tricky and second-seeded Pallikal, ranked 17 in the world, realized

Jan 20 2016
Squash: Basic rules and playing methods
Squash: Basic rules and playing methods

Awareness and Placement are the key things for a squash playerIf you are a fitness freak and are looking to change your regime to include something more dynamic, this is the sport that you need to start. Squash is a fairly simple and immensely enjoyable game. Squash is also a physically demanding game which pushes your stamina and endurance to the limits. It improves your motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It tests and improve

Jan 19 2016
Joshna Chinappa bows out of the Tournament of Champions in New York
Joshna Chinappa bows out of the Tournament of Champions in New York

Joshna will turn her attention next to the Cleveland Classic.World No. 15 Joshna Chinappa’s run came to an end at the prestigious $150,000 Tournament of Champions in New York as she lost her second round match on Monday. The 15th seed went down 9-11, 3-11, 9-11 to the fifth seed Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt in 25 minutes.This is Joshna’s third straight loss to the 30-year-old since October last year. Their match at the quarter-finals of

Jan 12 2016
Joshna Chinappa advances at Tournament of Champions; Dipika Pallikal out
Joshna Chinappa advances at Tournament of Champions; Dipika Pallikal out

CaptionThe top-ranked Indian women’s squash players had contrasting fortunes at the prestigious $150, 000 Tournament of Champions in New York on Saturday as Joshna Chinappa won her opening round but Dipika Pallikal crashed out.India No. 1 Chinappa,  seeded 15th at the tournament, staged a brilliant comeback from two games down to edge past 29th-ranked Egyptian wildcard Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy, 8-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 in a 59-minute

Jan 10 2016
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