Dipika Pallikal to compete in the Senior National Championship after 5 Years!!

Dipika Pallikal will compete in the Senior National Championship, to be held in July, for the first time in five years after her stand was vindicated with the organisers deciding to have equal prize money for the premier domestic tournament. Dipika had boycotted the nationals demanding equal prize money after winning the title in 2011 when her India teammate Joshna Chinappa was injured.
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“I look forward to playing the nationals again. My stand (for equal prize money) was not just about me but for the entire women’s squash fraternity. Nowadays, you have more and more international events offering equal prize money. So, it is good that the national federation (SRFI) too has decided to have equal prize money,” World No. 18 Dipika Pallikal.

 

Championship director Niraj Shirgaokar confirmed that the Nationals will have equal prize money in the men’s and women’s category with the winners getting Rs 1.25 lakh each. Confirming the development, Shirgaokar said, “Equal prize money is a contentious issue the world over but there are events which offer equal prize money. I welcome SRFI’s decision to have the same prize money for men and women.”

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What the fortninght brings in sports events.

Are you wondering what sports events are happening this fortnight? Look no further, we bring you some of the most prominent sporting events too look forward to in the next two weeks.

The most awaited event would have to be the beginning of the F1 season. All the motorsports fans out there must be revved up about the Australian Grand Prix which is the first race of the season. Don’t miss the race on March 17th. There have been changes with regard to some of the teams. After a span of almost six years with the McLaren team, Hamilton will be racing for Mercedes this year. Many see it as not-so-wise decision, but after pre-season testing it looks like the car that Hamilton will be using is definitely an upgrade from last year. Similarly, Nico Hulkenberg will be racing for Sauber, and Sergio Perez will step into Hamilton’s shoes in the McLaren team. Likewise, some the teams like Red Bull have introduced a new car (RB9) which they hope will sustain the dominance of Vettel. Following the Australian GP is the Malaysian GP on 24th March.

On the right track: Squash in India

Overall, in the past few months Indian squash players have been playing quite well. After securing a fifth-place finish — their best ever — at the World Team Championships in France, and Joshna Chinappa was in top form at the Bombay Gymkhana Maharashtra State Open which followed. After a knee injury which set her back in the world rankings, Joshna aims to break into the Top 20 world rankings soon.

World No.32, Joshna Chinappa

Mahesh Mangaonkar has also been faring well, and his performance at the PSA Prague Open was noteworthy. He beat France’s Lucas Serme to make his first maiden win. In the final Mahesh defeated Frenchman Lucas Serme 5-11,11-5,9-11, 11-9, 11-9. Both of the finalists reached the end of their strength reserves – the cramps got them during the third game. Nonetheless, they endured and provided the audience with a spectacle they are not like to forget, and Mahesh emerged victorious after a grueling match.

More recently, Indian squash players have made a considerable mark at the Hong Kong Open. It is one of the biggest Squash tournaments and is rated as a Grand Prix event in the international squash calendar. The popular competition stars dozens of world-ranked players battling it out in front of enthusiastic fans.

Dipika Pallikal managed to win the match against local challenges Liu Tsz Ling. This got her a spot in the second round of the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open. Pallikal, seeded 12th, showed great skill and determination to beat Ling 7-11 11-6 11-1 11-5 in the first round of the PSA World Series squash event at the Hong Kong Squash Centre. Joshna Chinappa also played an impressive match against Hong Kong’s Annie Auu. Joshna won the match against the Top ten player to progress to the next stage of the competition.

World No.13, Dipika Pallikal

In the men’s section, Siddarth Suchde had defeated Hong Kong’s Alex Lau 11-6 11-2 11-5 in 30 minutes in the first qualifying round. Unfortunately, he lost to Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly 6-11 4-11 4-11 in the qualifying final.

Saurav Ghosal India’s No.1 squash player feels that the current talent that the country has in terms of squash players is the best he has seen since he started playing 18 years ago. Although people might disagree with Saurav Ghosal’s opinion, it is only fair to say that the rankings speak for themselves. Pallikal is ranked 13th in the world, Chinappa 32nd, Suchde 50th, Sandhu 73rd and 18-year-old Mangaonkar 118th. Saurav too has the ambition and drive to break in to the Top Ten World Rankings by the end of next year.

World No. 22 ,Saurav Ghoshal

Despite the reservoir of immense talent in India, it looks like enough recognition is still not given where sponsorships and funding for tournaments like PSA (Professional Squash Association) and WSA (Women’s Squash Association) are concerned.

World rankings of the Top 4 India squash players:

Dipika Pallikal World No.13
Saurav Ghosal World No.22
Joshna Chinappa World No.32
Siddharth Suchde World No.50

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