India’s top squash player and current national champion Joshna Chinappa secured a career high 10th position in the latest PSA world rankings on Friday, the highest she has ever reached in her squash career. With this, Joshna has become the second Indian woman to break into the top 10 after Dipika Pallikal who did so in December 2012. Dipika is currently ranked 19th.
“It was one of my goals since the beginning. But there’s still a long way to go. I’m happy to have broken into the top 10. It’s hasn’t been an easy journey” This is what Joshna Chinappa told New Indian Express.
Chinappa has been performing consistently over the last six months. She had first put up a good show in the HKFC International tournament in Hong Kong in the month of May reaching her biggest ever final. Following which in the same month, she had a fine battle in the Asian championship in Chinese-Taipei. Then she was runner-up in Hong Kong losing to top-seeded Joelle King of New Zealand but not before ousting the second-seeded Annie Au of Hong Kong in the semi-final. Before making it to the 10th position, Joshna was suffering from a career-threatening ACL injury but she has managed to overcome that through sheer will and determination.
Currently, The Chennai player’s next aim is to defend for her 15th title in the National Championship, which is scheduled to be held in Mumbai from July 12.
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