Further Personal Information
||English - Ethiraj College: India
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She began the sport at age seven.
|Why this sport?
||Her father motivated her to take up squash. "He is my inspiration and he introduced me to the sport when I was a kid at the Madras Cricket Club. I owe taking the sport up seriously to him."
|Name of coach
||Cyrus Poncha [national], IND
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Placing first at the 2017 Asian Squash Championship in Chennai, India. (scroll.in, 01 May 2017)
|Hero / Idol
||US basketball player Michael Jordan, Indian sprinter PT Usha. (wispa.net, 07 Jun 2007; sports.indiainfo.com, 22 Nov 2009)
||She suffered a serious knee injury in 2011 that required surgery. The injury kept her out of action for six months. (asianage.com, 28 Apr 2014)
|Awards and honours
||In 2018 she received the Asian Squash Federation's Dato Alex Lee Award for outstanding performance in the senior women's category. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 20 Mar 2018)
In February 2018 she was presented with the Sports Achiever Award by the Rotary Club of Madras in Chennai, India. (thehindu.com, 06 Feb 2018)
In 2013 she received the Arjuna Award from the Indian government. (mid-day.com, 31 Aug 2013)
||Her family has been playing squash for the previous four generations. Her great-grandfather Field Marshall KM Cariappa, who was also the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, was a regular player of squash, and her father Anjan Chinappa also played squash regularly and represented Tamil Nadu several times. (mapsofindia.com, 03 Feb 2014)
||To compete at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. (zeenews.india.com, 17 Apr 2018)
She became the first Indian player to win an Asian championship title when she claimed victory at the 2017 edition of the tournament in Chennai, India. In 2014 she and Dipilka Karthik became the first Indian squash players to win gold at the Commonwealth Games when they triumphed in doubles in Glasgow, Scotland. (hindustantimes.com, 30 Apr 2017; thebridge.in, 24 Mar 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 13 Jun 2018)
CAREER CHANGING INJURY
The knee injury she suffered in 2011 changed her outlook on the sport. "I feel the knee surgery was the best thing that could have happened to me. It changed everything about my life, whether it was the company I kept or the way I approached my game. It was like starting my career from scratch after being on the couch for six months". (asianage.com, 28 Apr 2014)