Squash success for Sultana siblings

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 23:18

It has been an excellent few weeks for brother and sister, Kijan and Colette Sultana, who have been competing on different sides of the Atlantic.

The nineteen year-old Maltese ladies number 1 player continues to show great progress in her squash career whilst reading for a Bachelor’s degree at Columbia University in the City of New York. Now into her second year at Columbia, Colette Sultana is the first string player for her university and aims to lead the team to attaining a top 8 ranking in the United States.

During Columbia University’s match against Franklin & Marshall College, Colette validated her improvement with a victory over her high school teammate Fiona Murphy, now one of the top Welsh players. Both players represent their respective university as first string players, however when they attended Millfield School together, Fiona Murphy was the first string player. Beating her high school rival in an all-important college match was momentous for the Maltese, and a tremendous display of how far she has come from her high school days in the UK.

Colette also achieved a top sixteen finish in two World Ranking Professional events. She played in the LiveStuff Open in New York and the Boar’s Head Open in Virginia, where she was competing with some of the very best professional players.

Closer to home, young Kijan Sultana won the Under 11 boys category of the MEGA Squash Series tournament that was held recently at the Luton and Dunstable Squash Club in England. Kijan won 4 matches without losing a game, including against a top 20 ranked English U11 player. The next day he then went on to win another 3 matches to reach the final of the Leamington Spa Junior Open. He lost to Abd-Allah Eissa, who is ranked 7th in England, in a closely fought final.

Kijan, who is the top Under 13 junior player in Malta, has also been competing in adult competitions locally, taking part in B events. Local competitions normally consist of A events for Malta’s top players, B events for intermediate players, and C events for beginners and other players. Kijan recently won the B event of the Palace Open and finished runner-up in the LivingWell Squash Open, surprising players twice or three times his age.

Although Kijan is only ten years old and has been playing for less than 2 years, his squash development has been booming under the guidance of coach and professional squash player Bradley Hindle Deguara.

Colette and Kijan Sultana are supported by the Malta Olympic Committee under the (Youth) Elite Athlete Schemes, and by Malta Squash and Harrow Sports.

Photo: Leamington Spa Junior Open Finalists Kijan Sultana (right) and Abd-Allah Eissa





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