Joshna Chinappa is an Indian squash player and the youngest woman to win The National Squash Championship in India. In 2014, Joshna, along with Dipika Pallikal, helped India secure its first-ever Commonwealth Games medal in Squash. She is the first Indian to become the Asian Squash Champion. She was a member of the Indian women’s national squash team that won a bronze medal in the 2022 Asian Games.
Joshna Chinappa was born on Monday, 15 September 1986 (age 37 years; as of 2023) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Her zodiac sign is Virgo. She completed her primary education at Lady Andal Venkatasubba Rao School, Chennai. Later, she pursued a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Ethiraj College For Women, Chennai.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Joshna Chinappa’s father, Anjan Chinappa, is a coffee plantation owner in Coorg and a squash player who represented Tamil Nadu in squash. Her mother’s name is Sunita. She has a younger brother named Gaurav.
She won junior and senior squash national championship titles and became the youngest player to hold both titles at the age of 14.
At 16, Joshna won the British Junior Open title in the U17 category.
She lost the finals of the British Junior Open title to Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy in the U19 category.
She won the British Junior Open title by defeating Tenille Swartz of South Africa in the finals. Later, she participated in the World Junior Squash Championships held in Belgium and stood as the runner-up in the championship.
In November, she won her first Women International Squash Player Association (WISPA) tour title and became the first Indian woman to achieve this feat. A week later of this win, she won the NSC Super Satellite No. 4 held in Malaysia, by defeating Low Wee Wern in the final match, and claimed her second consecutive WISPA title. The New Indian Express
She won the German Ladies Open squash tournament held in Saarbrucken, Germany, and claimed her first WISPA tour title in Europe; she remained undefeated in the entire tournament. The Times of India In 2010, she was a member of the Indian women’s national squash team; Anaka Alankamony, Dipika Pallikal, and Anwesha Reddy were the other members of the team. The team bagged the bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China.
She won the Windy City Open held in Chicago, US, by defeating her compatriot Dipika Pallikal in the final.
Joshna, along with Dipika Pallikal, represented India in women’s doubles at the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland. They went on to win the finals by defeating the English pair of Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro in less than 28 minutes with scores of 11–6, 11–8. With this win, they won India’s first-ever squash medal in the Commonwealth Games.
In 2014, she was a member of the Indian women’s national squash team; Anaka Alankamony, Aparajitha Balamurukan, and Dipika Pallikal were the other members of the team. The team bagged the silver medal at the 2014 Asian Games held in Incheon, South Korea.
In September 2015, while playing in the finals of the NSCI Open title, she was hit in the face by her opponent’s racquet but still managed to win the game. Hindustan Times In the first round of the Qatar Classic, she defeated Raneem El Welily from Egypt, the World No. 1 squash player at that time. In December 2015, she became the highest-ranked Indian woman player, overtaking Dipika Pallikal in rankings for the first time.
She won the South Asian Games held in Guwahati by defeating her Pakistani rival Maria Toorpaki Wazir in the finals.
She won two bronze medals at the 2016 World Doubles Championships held in Darwin, Australia, in the doubles and mixed doubles categories.
She won the Asian Individual Squash Championships held in Chennai by defeating Dipika Pallikal in a nailbiting final match with the score 13–15, 12–10, 11–13, 11–4, 11–4 and became the first Asian Squash Champion from India.
— Doordarshan National दूरदर्शन नेशनल (@DDNational) May 1, 2017
In August 2017, she participated in the World Doubles Squash Championship along with her former rival Dipika Pallikal and bagged a bronze medal.
She participated in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, reached the quarterfinals of the women’s singles event and won a silver medal in the women’s doubles event. She was part of the Indian women’s squash team that bagged a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia along with Tanvi Khanna, Sunayna Kuruvilla, and Dipika Pallikal. She also won a bronze medal in the single’s event at the 2018 Asian Games.
She won the Asian Individual Squash Championships held in Kuala Lumpur by defeating Annie Au in the final. In an interview, talking about her experience of the final match, she said,
Annie is tough to play against, mentally and physically. I had lost to her three times so it was extremely satisfying to win the final.”
She won the 77th Senior National Championship, claiming her 18th national title.
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) February 15, 2020
Joshna was a part of the Indian team that won the bronze medal at the 2021 Asian Team Championships held in Kuala Lumpur.
— Joshna Chinappa (@joshnachinappa) December 4, 2021
She won the Squash World Doubles Championships held in Glasgow, Scotland along with Dipika Pallikal.In December 2022 she won the HCL 78th National Squash Championship, claiming her 19th national title by defeating Anahat Singh in the women’s singles finals.
Joshna you beauty 😍
Joshna Chinappa wins National Squash title for staggering 19th time!
The 36 yrs old got the better of rising sensation 14 yrs young Anahat Singh 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 in Final. pic.twitter.com/gMeidpjxwP
— India_AllSports (@India_AllSports) December 10, 2022
She was a national team member along with Saurav Ghosal, Tanvi Khanna, and Abhay Singh in the Squash World Cup 2023 hosted by India in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Joshna helped India keep an edge in the pool stage by performing exceptionally well.
Massive cheer from the home crowd as the former World No.10 comes from behind to shock the World Cup’s top ranked player Watanabe
— World Squash (WSF) (@WorldSquash) June 15, 2023
However, India lost the semi-finals against Malaysia; Joshna Chinappa lost to Aira Azman 3-7, 3-7, 7-5, 4-7, Saurav Ghosal lost to Darren Pragasam 5-7, 7-2, 6-7, 5-7, and Abhay Singh lost to Ong Sai Hung 4-7, 7-5, 7-1, 1-7, 6-7. In 2023, she was a member of the Indian women’s national squash team; Dipika Pallikal, Tanvi Khanna, and Anahat Singh were the other team members. The team bagged the bronze medal at the 2022 Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China.
In 2013, she received the Arjuna Award, the second-highest sporting honour in India, for excellence in squash.
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- In 2023, she held the record for most national championship wins, with a total of 19 national titles.
- Joshna Chinappa started playing squash when she was seven years old at the Madras Cricket Club under the guidance of her father. She considers herself lucky as she grew up around people who played squash, which helped her access the game easily and pursue her interests.
- In 2007, she was coached by Mohammad Medhaat of Egypt; however, she later switched to Malcolm Willstrop of England. In an interview, while talking about why she changed her coach, she said,
Malcolm is more technically sound and I love training under him mainly because he is strict and insistent on discipline and work ethics.”
According to her, Malcolm helped her better her game by changing a few technical aspects like the gripping of the racquet. In 2019, she started training under Hadrian Stiff in Bristol, England. Hindustan Times
- In 2016, she achieved a world rank of 10, her career’s highest ranking and became the second Indian to enter the list of the world’s top 10 squash players after Dipika Pallikal. Six years later, i.e., in 2022, she again made it back to the top 10 squash players in the world. The Times of India
- She shares a great bond with P. V. Sindhu and is often seen hanging out with her.
— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) December 27, 2019
- In 2011, she faced a career-threatening knee injury but made her comeback in 2015 by performing exceptionally well in some of the games and becoming India’s highest-ranked player. During her break, she teamed up with the former national champion Ritwik Bhattacharya to introspect and improve her game. In an interview, while talking about her comeback, she said,
Well, (the results) are coming not just because I worked hard only this season. It has a lot do with my routine over the past three or four years, ever since I returned from injury (in 2011). I look after myself a lot better than I used to. I can never forget to be honest. I didn’t know whether I would be holding the racquet again even after I had my knee operated. Now looking back, I feel I learnt so much. I am fitter than ever and spend more time in the gym than anywhere else.” The Economic Times
- In 2019, she broke Bhuvneshwari Kumari’s record of holding the maximum number of national titles, by winning her 17th national squash champion title in June.
- According to Joshna, one of the naughtiest things she has done is getting a Smoking Devil tattoo on her back at the age of 15 without informing her parents. She also got her belly pierced in order to feel some pain after losing a game. The Times of India
- She does not train on weekends, instead spends time with her family and friends and eats chocolates. The Times of India In her leisure time, she enjoys surfing.
- Joshna’s rivalry with Dipika is often exaggerated in the media. In an interview, Joshna clarified that they are not arch-rivals but rather teammates. She said,
They just want to see two girls fight and not necessarily on the court! We care little about what is being written. The truth is we are teammates and often roommates too. We have to back each other up. It’s just her and I who are strong enough for the Indian team as of now. We both want to do well, win medals for the country. We have been playing each other for a long time to respect each other. Of course, on court you want to win, just as you want to against any other player on the PSA World Tour.”
- According to Joshna her favourite playing destination is the United States of America. In an interview, she mentioned,
The United States: I love playing in America. In New York, we have a tournament played on a glass court which has been set up bang in the middle of the Grand Central station. I just love that venue.”
- In 2021, she became the brand ambassador of ASICS.
- Joshna Chinappa has a pet dog and often posts pictures of her dog on her Instagram account.
- She walked the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week x FDCI 2023 as a showstopper for the Caprese X Gauri & Nainika show alongside other squash team members.
— Abhay Singh (@abhaysinghk98) October 15, 2023