Joshna Chinappa says she will work harder to improve her world ranking

Joshna Chinappa, the svelte squash star who hails from Kodagu, is determined to improve her rankings.

The Indian squash players are sure to make it to the top bracket in the world soon, a beaming Joshna told The Hindu on Thursday, on the sidelines of a function at the Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences campus here.

Australians, Malaysians, Egyptians, and the British were the best in business and with more support from the Government, Indian players too could make it, she said. Joshna was ranked 28th in the world till July.

She has slumped to 35th rank as on date. She took to playing squash at the age of 9. There were nearly 200 children training at the Madras Cricket Club in Chennai, where she trained, and a few of them were certain to make it to the top, she said.

Joshna has four international titles to her credit, including the world junior runner-up title won in Belgium in 2005. “I have plans to train in the U.S. for about 10 days,” she said. In February, she has plans to train under Malcolm Wolstrob in England.

It was nice to be back home, said Joshna, who has the distinction of being the youngest senior national champion at the age of 14. The credit of winning the first international title by a woman from India goes to her.

The ace player has served as the brand ambassador of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India in 2005 in the “Save the Girl Child” campaign.

Sports runs in her blood. Her father Anjan Chinappa was a squash player. Her brother Gaurav Chinappa was the Tamil Nadu Champion in badminton and his best national rank was seven.

  • She was ranked 28th in world tally till July
  • She has won four international titles