DUO ADVANCES

Okutoyi, Rowinska through to J1 Repentigny doubles final

"I'm happy to progress to the final. Not the way I would have wanted but it's an opportunity to play at the highest level against my peers," said Okutoyi.

In Summary

•The duo reached the final without breaking a sweat after their semifinal opponents, Canadians Ellie Daniels and Alexia Jacobs, left for the US Open junior championships qualifiers in New York.

•The country's youngest Kenya Open champion and Rowinska face  Yaroslava Bartashevich of France and Nina Vargova of Slovakia in the final.

Angela Okutoyi during the 2022 Junior Australian Open
Angela Okutoyi during the 2022 Junior Australian Open
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Wimbledon doubles junior champion Angela Okutoyi and her partner Malwina Rowinska of Poland progressed to the final of the J1 Repentigny tennis tournament at Laroche Park in Canada.

The duo reached the final without breaking a sweat after their semifinal opponents, Canadians Ellie Daniels and Alexia Jacobs, left for the US Open junior championships qualifiers in New York.

Okutoyi was delighted to get to the final although not in the way she would have wanted.

"I'm happy to progress to the final. Not the way I would have wanted but it's an opportunity to play at the highest level against my peers," said Okutoyi.

The country's youngest Kenya Open champion and Rowinska face  Yaroslava Bartashevich of France and Nina Vargova of Slovakia in the final.

The 2021 Africa Under-18 champion Okutoyi and Rowinska, who are seeded sixth in Repentigny, sailed to the semi-finals on Wednesday night after stunning top seeds Irina Balus and Nikola Daubnerova from Slovakia 6-4 6-4 in the quarter-finals.

Okutoyi and her Polish partner got a bye in the first round and then showed their might by defeating Canadians Eliana Kook and Anna-Raphaelle Serghi 6-4 6-2 in the second round.

Okutoyi has had a mixed tournament, losing in the singles category to Ela Nala Milic of Slovenia 7-6(4) 6-4 but was upbeat about the her chances at next week's US Junior Open.

“I battled hard, losing in the tie break in the first set but I gave it my best shot and I know I will be competitive next week,” added Okutoyi.

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