Top Indian player and current national champion Joshna Chinappa touched a new high by rising to number 10 in the world, the highest she has ever reached in her squash career. She became the second Indian in history to come into the top 10 in the world after Dipika Pallikal, who did so back in 2012.
This jump by one rung must certainly have been for the good show she had put up in at the HKFC International tournament in Hong Kong towards the end of May. After the good show in the Asian championship in Chinese-Taipei, in the same month, the Indian star had finished 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.
Joelle is now a rung above Joshna, while Annie is placed one step below the Indian. Joshna is now getting ready for the Indian national championship to be held later this month. She is on the look out for her 15th national championship title.
Meanwhile Dipika, who World No.18 last month, has dropped a rung to 19 now. Dipika was a quarterfinalist at the Hong Kong tournament. The only other Indian in the top 20, Saurav Ghosal, remained at 17. Ghosal had been off action for a while due to an ankle injury, and he is due to return to action at the National championship in Mumbai.
The other Indians: Mahesh Mangaonkar 60, Vikram Malhotra 72, Harinder Pal Sandhu 83, Kush Kumar 89, Ramit Tandon 152, Ravi Dixit 178 all in the men's section and in the women's Sachika Ingale 81, Janet Vidhi 121, Akanksha Salunkhe and Ashita Pranaya Bhengra 186 and Harishit Jawanda 199.
*Report courtesy Squash Rackets Federation of India media