Dipika: First Indian Squash Player to reach World Open quarterfinals
20 year old Dipika Pallikal is a squash player from Chennai. Recently, Dipika became the first Indian to make the last eight of the World Open Squash. She won 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 against Kanzy El Defrawy, the Egyptian qualifier who had upset her compatriot Omneya Abdel Kawy, last year’s World Open runnerup at Rotterdam (Netherlands). Pallikal next plays Samantha Teran of Mexico. Earlier, she had reached World’s top 20 last month for the first time. However, India’s Sourav Ghosal lost to Laurens Jan Anjema of the Netherleands 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5 in the men’s second round.