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Joshna Chinappa Biography

Joshna Chinappa is the very first Indian girl who won the British Squash Championship, taking Indian squash to the pinnacle of fame and success. The youngest woman National Champion of India, Joshna Chinappa has been playing the game of squash since the age of 7. She was born in Chennai,Tamil Nadu India on the 15th of September 1986. It was at the tender age of 8 that Joshna Chinappa started playing squash at the Madras Cricket Club.

The game of squash runs in the blood of this young National Champion. Joshna Chinappas family has been playing the game for the last four generations. Joshnas great grandfather, Field Marshall K.M. Cariappa, who was also the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, was a regular player of the game of squash. Joshna’s father, Anjan Chinappa, like her grandfather, also plays squash regularly and has also represented Tamil Nadu several times.

From a very young age, Joshna Chinappa was interested in the game and wanted to take it up as a career. Therefore, although she continued her studies she never really concentrated in academics. Joshna Chinappa has till date played 10 senior and 10 junior Championships. At the age of 14 Joshna was crowned the Youngest Senior National Champion and by now she has several numbers of achievements under her belt. The most prominent achievements of Joshna Chinappa in the game of Squash include:

  • Junior National- winner, 2004
  • Senior National- winner, 2004
  • World Junior, Belgium – runner-up, 2005
  • British Open Junior- runner-up, 2004
  • Asian Junior – winner, 2005
  • SAF Games, Pakistan – gold, 2004
  • Hongkong event – runner-up, 2004
  • Asian Championship – bronze, 2004
  • Malaysian Junior – winner, 2004
  • British Open Junior – winner, 2005