Blog By: Kavitha Iyer.
Squash champ Dipika Pallikal is an idol for all sports buffs. The first Indian woman to make it to the Top 10 in the Women’s Squash Association (WSA). rankings, this 25-year-old is undoubtedly India’s best female squash player. In the midst of preparing for her upcoming tournaments, idiva.com spoke to the rising start about her journey to fame. She answered the following questions in n interview.
How did you become a squash player?
I was always into sports. I played every sport in school and took up squash by accident. Squash was a difficult journey. I have been living outside my house ever since I was thirteen. It’s hard looking after yourself when you are on your own, but I have enjoyed it.
What is your fitness regimen like?
I run for an hour in the morning, then go to the gym for another hour, then play squash for another hour and a half and then again play squash for the same time in the evening around 4 PM. I am not a diet freak nor do I follow any diet regimen. I keep my self fit by eating healthy and hitting the gym regularly.
What is your beauty regimen like?
We athletes have to sweat it out all the time so I really don’t wear much make-up. I have to stay hydrate at all times. So I drink plenty of water that has a positive effect on my skin.
Your message to women sportswomen…
I think the most important thing is to play the sport you enjoy; then no one can stop you from being the best. Do not take up the sports profession for the wrong reasons. Take up sports only if you love it and everything else will follow.
What kind of training does it take to reach the top?
I think for a professional athlete, there is a lot of technical stuff. You have to change your game plan. You have to have physical endeavors and you need to have the mental ability to work under pressure.
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