Colette Sultana reaches top 20 in Europe

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 8:27

Colette Sultana won three matches and lost one to finish ninth in the
French Junior Open, one of the top junior tournaments that is held in
Europe. Held across three venues in Lille and using 20 courts, the
tournament attracted more than 200 players, including elite juniors
from all over the world.

In the first round Sultana went up against Lea Van Der Zwalmen, one of
the strongest players in the competition from France. The Maltese
played extremely well to put pressure on the opponent but after two
very close games it was Van Der Zwalmen who took the match 11-9 12-10

Sultana’s next two matches were against Marie-Victoire Wickers and
Louise Dudouit, both also from France. She dominated the matches and
won 11-5 11-1 11-0 and 11-4 11-2 11-8, respectively.

The final match proved to be more challenging for Sultana since she
was playing against Finland’s no. 2 Emilia Korhonen. Sultana
maintained her high level at the competition to win 11-9 11-5 11-5,
finishing the match quicker than expected to claim ninth place.

This good result takes the Maltese 17-year old to nineteenth place in
Europe in the U-19 category in her first year in this age group.

Sultana is currently based in the UK where she is combining training
with studies at Millfield School. She is coached by former world
champion Jonah Barrington and Ian Thomas.

Last month Sultana was in Malta training with Bradley Hindle Deguara,
Malta’s professional squash player. Hindle Deguara has been passing on
some of his extensive international experience to the youngster in
preparation of her upcoming tournaments.

Sultana’s next competitions will be the Welsh Junior Open (8-10 March
in Cardiff) followed by the Luxembourg Junior Open (19-21 April).

Between these events she will be in Malta to defend the Malta Ladies
Open title. In May she will then join the Maltese national team at the
European Team Championships in Amsterdam.

Sultana is supported by the Kunsill Malti għall-iSport (KMS) and the
Malta Olympic Committee (MOC). She is sponsored by Harrow Sports.

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