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Dipika Pallikal: 10 things you need to know about India's squash queen

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World No. 18 Dipika Pallikal, who is India’s top-ranked squash player, tied the knot with Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik in a Christian wedding ceremony on August 18th, 2015. The couple officially completed all the rituals, with the second of their two ceremonies, a Hindu Telegu-Naidu wedding, held earlier on the 20th of August.  

Although the 23-year-old Pallikal is busy with year-round tournaments and is constantly in the public eye, that has not stopped her from spending quality time with her family. At the same time, she’s all business on the court; she has brought several laurels to the nation with her splendid performances, and her best years are still ahead of her.

 Dipika Pallikal: Here are 10 facts you need to know about India’s squash queen

1. Dipika Pallikal hates cricketers (other than Dinesh Karthik of course!) 

"Except Dinesh Karthik I hate all cricketers because they steal all the limelight and endorsements," Pallikal said, as reported by India Today. She feels that the popularity of cricket in the country has stifled the growth of other sports.

So why did she make the exception for Karthik? “It is a funny feeling now. Our common friends pull my leg for my known dislike for cricketers. Frankly, I like him because he is grounded and a homely guy, I can't help if he happens to be a cricketer," Dipika said, according to The Deccan Herald.  

2. Dipika Pallikal is a professional model

Having signed a contract with Globus Ltd. at the start of her career. She has also been featured on the cover of Femina Tamil Nadu.

Dipika Pallikal
Dipika not Deepika

Dipika Pallikal on cover of Femina

3. She has her own logo:

Dipika Pallikal Logo

4. Pallikal took part in her first international tournament in London when she was still a sixth standard student.

Dipika Pallikal Arjuna Award
Dipika Pallikal receives the Arjuna award from the President of India in 2012.

5. Dipika Pallikal became the first female squash player to win the Arjuna Award, which is India’s second highest sporting honour, in 2012. She went one better in 2014 when she won the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour.

6. She is the first Indian to break into the top 20, and later the top 10, of the women’s squash (WSA) rankings. She is also the first Indian to play in the final of a silver event (The Tournament of Champions, 2012) and the semi-finals of a gold event (Australian Open, 2012).

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