ANGELA GETS BOOST

Okutoyi ready to recapture singles form after Wimbledon glory

Okutoyi who became the first Kenyan to win a Grand Slam title after being crowned Wimbledon Juniors Girls' doubles winner this year, is targeting the semis in Canada.

In Summary

•Okutoyi has been training at Nairobi Club but she believes switching to Karen Country club will afford her more time in the gym.

•She added that she will work on her physicality but also revealed that hard court is still a problem for her ahead of the monumental assignment in the US.

Angela Okutoyi during the 2022 Junior Australian Open
Angela Okutoyi during the 2022 Junior Australian Open
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Tennis sensation Angela Okutoyi will use the Canada JI Repentigny Open tournament slated for August 28 to September 3 as part of her preparations for the US Junior Open next month.

Okutoyi, who became the first Kenyan to win a Grand Slam title after being crowned Wimbledon Juniors' girls' doubles winner this year, is targeting to reach the semis in the JI Repentigny Open.

Speaking on Wednesday at Karen Country Club when she was awarded club membership alongside her sister Roselinda Asumwa, the Africa Junior champion said she is looking forward to improving on her performance after failing to impress in the singles category lately.

"I have just come from Tunisia. I need to recharge myself and resume preparations for  Canada and US. Hitting the semis in Canada is my bare minimum and I believe it will set the tone for my US trip," said the 53rd-ranked junior and Kenya's top tennis player. 

"I haven't done great in singles of late and the target is to make improvement. Winning Wimbledon has given me the belief that I can now win singles. "

Okutoyi has been training at Nairobi Club but she believes switching to Karen Country club will afford her more time in the gym.

She added that she will work on her physicality but also revealed that hard court is still a problem for her ahead of the monumental assignment in the US.

"Being a member of Karen Country Club makes it easier for me to access the gym and spend more time on the court compared to when I was at Nairobi Club," she noted.

She added: "My physical strength is wanting. The level I am headed requires me to be strong mentally and physically. I need to find access to  a hard court now that I am going to play in two great tournaments."

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