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Asian Games 2018: Dipika Pallikal Wins Bronze in Squash Women’s Singles

This is the second time she’s won the bronze at the Asian Games.

Squash champ Dipika Pallikal won a bronze in the women’s singles after she lost to Malaysia’s Nicol David of Malaysia in the semifinals of Asian Games. She had previously defeated Japan’s Kobayashi Misaki to enter the quarterfinals and then faced Nicol, who’s a former world number, with the score being 0-3 (7-11 9-11 6-11) in the semifinals.

Incidentally, this happens to be Dipika’s second bronze medal at the Asian Games, considering she had won the bronze at the Asian Games four years ago too in Incheon, South Korea.

Here are some congratulatory messages to her:

Born and brought up in Chennai, squash player Dipika Pallikal is the first Indian to break into the top 10 in the PSA Women’s rankings. She gained global attention in 2011, when she won three WISPA tour titles to attain a career-best ranking of 13th. She broke into the top 10 in December 2012. She became the first Female Squash player to be conferred with the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award in the year 2012

What’s awesome about her is the fact that she has been quite vocal about the double standards meted out between female and male sports persons. She had refused to participate in the National Championship Squash between 2012 and 2015 due to the inequality in prize money where the women’s championship winner was awarded only 40% of the prize money of the men’s championship winner. Equal prize money was finally agreed to for the 2016 championships where Dipika Pallikal Karthik won the title for the second time!

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