Squash: Good Result for Maltese Junior in the Slovak Open

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 0:44
Gavin Muscat

Kijan Sultana, Malta’s talented young squash player, managed to win four matches and lost only one match, to the tournament winner, in the Slovak Junior Open which was held in Trnava.

Taking part in the Under 13 age group, in the first round Sultana was grouped with Nataniel Hernas (Poland), Carmona Garcia Sean Louis (Germany) and Matus Matas (Slovakia)

The match against the Polish boy started off very balanced, but Sultana then managed to take control with greater shot selection to win it 12-10, 11-3, 11-4.

Kijan continued strongly against Carmona Garcia, taking the match comfortably 11-4, 11-2, 11-2.

The Maltese 11-year old was then up against the top player from Slovakia who is a year older. The match was balanced with Matas just taking the first game 11-9. Sultana reacted well, changing play and winning the second game 11-5. The Slovak went back in the lead, taking the third game 11-4. Sultana was unlucky not to even the score in the fourth game, and was just squeezed out of the match by the smallest of margins 11-9.

In the final matches, Kijan was grouped against Frantisek Prochazka from the Czech Republic and Polish boy, Aleksander Fordonski, for positions 4 to 6 in the tournament.

The Maltese player was technically too good for Prochazka, winning the match with relative ease

11-4, 11-3, 11-4.

Fordonski, was to be a tougher opponent. The Polish boy is currently ranked number 16 in Europe while the Maltese, who has only just started playing in European tournaments, is ranked 97.

Undaunted by the big difference in rankings, Sultana performed brilliantly and after the first 4 games the match was tied, needing a fifth and final game to decide the match. Kijan went all out and took an early lead which he administered well to win the game and the match 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5, and securing a good fourth placing in the tournament.

Over the next year and a half, the Maltese junior player will be working to move towards the top of the European rankings in the Under 13 age group. Sultana has just joined the National Sports School. The school’s sports facilities include a squash court. This will allow Kijan, who will be the first squash player at the school, to increase his squash training programme over the next years.

Kijan Sultana, who is coached by squash professional Bradley Hindle, is supported by the Malta Olympic Committee and by Malta Squash.

Kijan Sultana



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