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I dont know how Im ever going to rear children, says Joshna Chinappa, Indias highest-ranked squash player, breaking into an infectious laugh, before filling us in on the sprint sessions at the Marina beach in Chennai which have left her sapped. Custom New York Rangers Jerseys .Only two days ago 29 year-old Joshna rose to her career-best ranking of No 10 in the world, to become the highest-placed Indian squash player. Theres, however, no hint of a giveaway to suggest the feat shes scaled. Probe her further and you learn why.Im happy to have broken into the top 10. Rankings arent my focus though. I obviously have it at the back of my mind, like most other athletes. Scores are what matter. Once your performance is taken care of, everything else follows, she says.Behind the impressive world ranking figures, lies a clutch of gritty shows and a steely resolve. Shes only the second Indian after Dipika Pallikal to break into the top 10. Part of the Indian team which returned with silver after losing to eventual champions Malaysia at the Asian Team Championships in May, Joshna went on to finish runner-up after losing to top seed Joelle King of New Zealand but not before ousting second seed Annie Au in the semifinals of the HKFC tournament in Hong Kong.Joshna, who has been working with former world No 1 David Palmer for a year and a half now, says the thrust has been on sharpening her game and staying injury free. Known for his all-court attrition game, Palmer, based in Florida, has evidently been of help. I usually travel there two or three times a year with each session lasting a couple of weeks, she adds.Next up for the 14-time national champion is yet another edition of the nationals in Mumbai two weeks from now followed by the World Doubles championships in Darwin from August 15-19.Turning a career-threatening injury in August 2011 into a springboard for rediscovery proved to be pivotal for Joshna. Being stretchered off midway through her semifinal match at the Hamptons Open after a ligament tear on her left knee turned out to be a lot more morbid than it appeared. She could scarcely walk without limp, let alone touch a racket. Following surgery, doctors pretty much sounded the death knell on her playing career. Funnily, I almost forgot how to walk. My trainer kept telling me that if I kept limping I would end up walking like that.Her worst nightmare realised, Joshnas mind was clouded with doubts over being able to make a return to the playing circuit. Those who advised her to quit the sport, understandably, far outnumbered ones who urged her to hang in. She was away from the court for 10 months, her ranking nosediving from 31 to 72. I was worried whether my knee would ever heal but I never contemplated quitting. When I look back I can say with a fair amount of certainty that it was the best thing ever to have happened to me. I was going down the wrong path both professionally and personally and the injury helped me refocus and get back on track. Had it not been so I might not have been playing squash today, she says.In todays age, the increasing demand for sportspersons to flaunt a marketable image with a well-oiled PR machinery working overtime, in addition to their exploits in the sport, is passe. Results though, Joshna insists, is what finally matters.Brands would only sign a player whos performing. I dont put much conscious effort into promoting myself off the court. My results would speak for themselves, says Joshna, who has been endorsing leading sport apparel, Nike, for a decade now.While acknowledging that her career has hit a purple patch, Joshna says she isnt sitting back just yet. Im not overtly ambitious but I reckon Ive still a decent number of playing years left in me. My best is yet to come. Mark Messier Rangers Jersey . -- Sergey Tolchinksy scored his second goal of the game 3:56 into overtime as the Sault Ste. James Patrick Rangers Jersey .Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach. http:///...nkirk-hockey-jersey/ . -- Aldon Smith believes he is on the path to being sober for good. LONDON -- West Ham has broken the clubs transfer record to sign Ghana forward Andre Ayew from Swansea for 20.5 million pounds ($26.75 million).West Ham announced the signing of Ayew on Monday, when the Premier League club also brought in left back Arthur Masuaku from Olympiakos on a four-year deall. Wayne Gretzky Jersey. The 26-year-old Ayew joined on a three-year deal, with the option of two more years. He played alongside current West Ham star Dimitri Payet at Marseille. ' ' '