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Joshna Chinappa Biography – A Trailblazer in the World of Squash

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Joshna Chinappa, the Indian professional squash player, made waves in the squash world when she achieved a career-high world ranking of World No. 10 in July 2016. Adding to her accolades, she became the first Indian to secure the prestigious British Squash Championship title in 2003, triumphing in the U19 category. Notably, Joshna clinched her first PSA Tour title at the 2008 NSC Super Satellite No.3 and impressively followed it up with another title just a week later. Her consistent success highlights her exceptional skill and determination on the squash court. She went on to win her first Tour title in Europe at the German Ladies Open in 2010. Joshna later added the Windy City Open to her trophy cabinet the following year, beating fellow Indian Dipika Pallikal in the final. In this blog, we will look at Joshna Chinappa’s squash journey, achievements, family, facts, social media, etc.

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About Joshna Chinappa

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Joshna Chinappa ( Credit: NDTV)
Full Name Joshna Chinappa
Sport Squash
Hometown Chennai, India
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 64 kg
Age 36 (15 September 1986)
Titles 7
Highest Rank 10 (2016)
World Ranking (Current) 33 (Dec 2022)
Titles 7
Tour Finals 14
Coach Hadrian Stiff

Family

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Born on 15th September 1986 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Joshna started playing squash at the tender age of 8 at the Madras Cricket Club. The game of squash runs in her blood as her family has been playing the game for the last four generations. Joshna’s great-grandfather, Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa, who was also the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, was a regular player of the game of squash. Her grandfather and her father Anjan Chinappa have represented Tamil Nadu squash teams several times.


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The Golden Moment

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In April 2018 at EL Gouna International Squash Tournament Egypt, Chinappa defeated eight-time World Champion and former world number one, Nicol David 11-8, 11-8, 11-8.

It was her first-ever win over the legendary Malaysian player. From the start, Joshna never allowed Nicol to build any rhythm. Joshna led in each of the three games and displayed some wonderful backhand flicks.

“At times when you are caught up in back-to-back tournaments, it tells on the body, and performance and consistency suffer. I don’t know how I did it. A few of us are just back from the Commonwealth Games, not just me, and that’s one of the challenges of being a professional athlete” she said after her win.

In 2020, Joshna won her 18th national title in the 77th Senior National Championship.


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Joshna Chinappa: Lesser-Known Facts

  • Joshna Chinappa is the first beneficiary of the Mittal Champions Trust. Mittal Champions Trust supported Indian athletes with world-beating potential. It was funded by Lakshmi Mittal and founded by Mahesh Bhupathi. Trust stopped its operations in 2012.
  • Favorite sportsperson: Andre Agassi
  • Dream date: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Favorite pastime: Hanging with friends and shopping

Joshna Chinappa: Achievements

Joshna was the first Indian to win the British Squash Championship title in 2003 in the under-19 categories and is also the youngest Indian women’s national champion.

  • Indian National Junior, 2004 – Gold
  • Indian National Senior, 2004 – Gold
  • Asian Championship, 2004 – Bronze
  • Malaysian Junior, 2004 – Gold
  • British Open Junior, 2004 – Silver
  • SAF Games, Pakistan, 2004 – Gold
  • British Junior Open, 2005 – Gold
  • Asian Junior, 2005 – Gold
  • World Junior Championships, Belgium, 2005 – Silver
  • South Asian Games 2016 –Gold
  • Asian Squash Championship 2017 – Gold- Won her maiden Asian Squash Championship crown. She defeated Dipika Pallikal in a 1 hour 18 min match.

Women’s Doubles game

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  •  2014 Commonwealth Games – Gold

Chinappa along with Dipika Pallikal Karthik won India’s first-ever 2014 Commonwealth Games medal in the squash women’s doubles in Glasgow.

  • WSF World Doubles Squash Championships 2017

Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal won the bronze medal.

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games

The pair of Chinappa and Dipika won a Silver medal in women’s doubles at Gold Coast, losing to Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy of New Zealand.


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Awards

Joshna Chinappa Social Media

Twitter

Future of Squash: The Indian Perspective

Squash is gaining momentum in the country with the impressive performances by Indian players. Though, it is still regarded as a luxury sport and restricted to the elite few in India.

Squash is still a club-level sport in many cities and not everyone can afford a membership to play. Things are changing a little as a lot of real estate builders have started building squash courts on their premises because it has lots of health benefits as well. All these will add to the growth of squash in the country, but again it is happening only in metro cities.

Maybe a sports league for squash in the line of tennis, badminton, football, and kabaddi leagues can help to increase the interest in sports and promote the players from the grass root level.


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FAQ

Who is Joshna Chinappa?

Joshna Chinappa is an accomplished Indian professional squash player. She has made significant contributions to the sport and is widely recognized for her skills and achievements.

What is Joshna Chinappa’s highest world ranking in squash?

In July 2016, Joshna Chinappa achieved a remarkable milestone in her squash career by reaching the pinnacle of World No. 10 in the global rankings.

What is the age of Joshna Chinappa?

Joshna Chinappa is currently 36 years old (DOB- 15 September 1986).

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