Tanvi Khanna is an Indian squash player who attained a world rank of 69, and 1st rank amongst Indian squash players surpassing the Asian Squash Champion, Joshna Chinappa, in September 2023. She was a member of the Indian women’s national squash team that won a bronze medal in the 2023 Asian Games.
Tanvi Khanna was born on Tuesday, 23 July 1996 (age 27 years; as of 2023) in New Delhi, India. Her zodiac sign is Leo. She completed her primary education at Modern School, Delhi. In 2018, she attained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University, an Ivy League institution in New York City, United States.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Tanvi’s father is a national-level squash player, and her mother is a national-level swimmer. She has a sister.
During her college, she was a member of the “Columbia University Lions” which comprises all the athletic teams from Columbia University, where she was a part of the Women’s Squash team and was coached by Jacques Swanepoel. In her sophomore year, she made history in the women’s squash program by becoming its first player to receive All-America honours and led the Lions at No.1 position for the season. She also made history by becoming the second player to earn All-Ivy honours in her program. In her junior year, she was one of the two Lions to win over the number one player at Yale University and the number one player at Cornell University. She competed in the College Squash Association (CSA) Championship, led the team as their captain and was acknowledged as the most valuable player of the team. In her senior year, she helped the team grab a win in the CSA Team Championships against Cornell and was awarded the most valuable player for the second time in a row.
In 2013, she represented the Independent Olympic Athletes; Indian athletes who competed at the 2013 Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China, under the Olympic flag due to the suspension of the country’s National Olympic Committee (NOC). The Indian team comprising Adya Advani, Harshit Kaur Jawanda, and Tanvi Khanna bagged a bronze medal at the 2013 Asian Youth Games. In 2018, she was a member of the Indian women’s national squash team; Joshna Chinappa, Sunayna Kuruvilla, and Dipika Pallikal were the other members of the team. The team bagged the silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
In 2019, she participated in the Women’s Asian Individual Squash Championships but lost in the quarterfinals to Joshna Chinappa. Tanvi bagged a gold medal at the 2019 South Asian Games held in Lalitpur, Nepal, in the women’s singles event. She was also a member of the Indian women’s national squash team; Sunayna Kuruvilla, Sanya Vats, and Urwashi Joshiikal were the other members of the team. The team bagged the gold medal at the 2019 South Asian Games held in Nepal.
In August 2021, Tanvi won her first PSA (Professional Squash Association) tour title after emerging as a champion in the 2nd HCL SRFI Indian Tour squash tournament by defeating Sunayna Kuruvilla in a five-game thriller.
In August 2023, she won the Costa North Coast Open Coffs Harbour, defeating Chan Yiwen of Malaysia in the final. This turned out to be a remarkable win for Tanvi since she defeated several top-seed players like Joshna Chinappa on her way to the top. In September 2023, she became India’s no.1 squash player dethroning Joshna Chinappa at the age of 29 and simultaneously achieving a world ranking of 69 according to PSA world rankings. In an interview, while talking about rising to the number one position in India, she said,
My world ranking shot up from 96 to 69 in three weeks, and I feel these events have really helped me gain more confidence in my game for the rest of the events of the season. I hadn’t played Joshna in a few years and beating her at the Costa North Open was great — something I’ve worked towards for a while. The next goal is to break into the world’s top 50.”
In 2023, she was a member of the Indian women’s national squash team; Joshna Chinappa, Anahat Singh, and Dipika Pallikal were the other members of the team. The team bagged the bronze medal at the 2022 Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China.
- She has 2 pet dogs, Keenu, and Lea.
- She meditates every day for 20 minutes. According to her, it helps her introspect better and keeps her mental health in check.
- She started playing squash at the age of 9 years old and soon participated in a tournament in Delhi where she emerged as the winner. This experience enticed her to pursue squash professionally and focus on the game.
- In 2022, she faced an ACL injury following which she had to take a break from squash for almost a year, which led to her world rank drop below 400 for the first time in more than seven years.
- 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.
- In her leisure time, she likes to travel and hangout with her friends.