KARTHIK Dipika < Back  
Sport Squash
CGA India   
Gender Women
Born 21 Sep 1991 in Madras, IND
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Dinesh Karthik
Residence Mumbai, IND
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, Hindi
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up squash at age 10 and played her first Women's Squash Association [WSA] game at age 15.
Club / Team ICL-TNSRA Academy: Chennai, IND
Name of coach Sarah Fitz-Gerald [personal], AUS
Handedness Right
General Interest
Hobbies Spending time with family, reading. (idiva.com, 13 May 2013)
Most influential person in career Her family. (idiva.com, 13 May 2013)
Awards and honours In 2014 she was given the Vocational Excellence Award by the Rotary Club of Madras, India. (fairandglow.com, 12 Mar 2014)

In 2014 she became the youngest recipient of the Padma Shri Award, given out by the Indian government to recognise contributions in areas such as sport. (actsfaqs.com, 29 Jan 2014)

She received the Ethiraj College Alumni award for her achievements in squash in 2013. (fairandglow.com, 12 Mar 2014)

In 2012 she was given the Arjuna Award by the Indian government for sporting excellence. She was the first squash player to receive it. (idiva.com, 04 Sep 2012)

In 2011 she received the Vocational Service Award, NDTV 24/7 Rock Star Best Sportswoman Award, and L'oreal Femina Best Sportsperson Award. (fairandglow.com, 12 Mar 2014)
Famous relatives Her husband Dinesh Karthik has represented India in cricket, and captained Indian club side Kolkata Knightriders during the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League. Her cousin has competed in squash for India, and played at the 2016 World Team Championships in Paris, France. Her mother played cricket for the Indian national team in the 1970s. (bollywoodshaadis.com, 18 Mar 2018; eenaduindia.com, 10 Apr 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jul 2018)
Other information NATIONAL FIRST
She became the first Indian female squash player to win an individual medal at the Asian Games when she won bronze in singles at the 2014 Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (sports.ndtv.com, 22 Sep 2014; SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jul 2018)