INTO SW19 FINAL

Okutoyi creates history at Wimbledon

Okutoyi was over the moon with her performance, especially after crashing out of the singles tournament in the first round.

In Summary

•The teen sensation became the first Kenyan to reach the final of a Grand Slam alongside Dutch partner Rose Marie Nijkamp after beating Nikola Daubenova of Serbia and Cirica Bagaric of Croatia 6-3 6-4 in the semifinals on Friday.

• "I can't believe am going to play in the final. It has been a great run in the doubles with Rose and just playing in the final of Wimbledon is such an honour," said Okutoyi.

Angela Okutoyi with Novak Djokovic at the Wimbledon Open
Angela Okutoyi with Novak Djokovic at the Wimbledon Open
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Africa Junior tennis champion Angela Okutoyi has set her sights on winning the doubles category this afternoon at the Wimbledon Junior Championship in London.

The teen sensation became the first Kenyan to reach the final of a Grand Slam alongside Dutch partner Rose Marie Nijkamp after beating Nikola Daubenova of Serbia and Cirica Bagaric of Croatia 6-3 6-4 in the semifinals on Friday.

They will meet Canadian the pair of Kayla Cross and Victoria Mboko in today's final.

Okutoyi was over the moon with her performance, especially after crashing out of the singles tournament in the first round.

"I can't believe am going to play in the final. It has been a great run in the doubles with Rose and just playing in the final of Wimbledon is such an honour," said Okutoyi.

Okutoyi' s coach, Thuku Rogoi, said he always had faith that the golden girl of Kenyan tennis will not disappoint.

"Our mantra has always been to take one game at a time and I am delighted we have made it to a final of such a prestigious championship. It's been hard work and focus and we are relishing the challenge of playing in the final," noted Rogoi.

Okutoyi and Nijkamp started their campaign by beating Georgia Pedone of Italy and Kathrin Ouerado of USA 6-4 6-2 before dispatching Dennis Glushkosa (Bulgaria)and Hayu Kinoshita (Japan) 6-2 6-3.

In the quarters they beat Czech pair of Linda Klimovicoca and Dominika Salkova 6-7 6-4 and 11-9.

The country's youngest Kenya Open champion shifted her focus to the doubles after losing in the first round of the singles to Canadian  Mia Kupres 6-3 6-2.


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