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Okutoyi sets sights on Futures event in Egypt after US Open show

Okutoyi also received a shot in the arm with 30 universities in the United States expressing an interest in her,

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•She said going forward, there are several aspects of the play she will be working on to improve her performance.

•The country's youngest Kenya Open champion said her experience playing at Flushing Meadow will benefit her during the upcoming event in Sham El Sheikh in Egypt.

Tennis star Angela Okutoyi recieves a trophy from LG electronics marketing director Changhyun Kim at the Nairobi Club
Tennis star Angela Okutoyi recieves a trophy from LG electronics marketing director Changhyun Kim at the Nairobi Club

Wimbledon doubles junior champion Angela Okutoyi will grace the Women's Futures tennis tournament in Egypt in the next two weeks.

Fresh from taking part in the US Junior Open, Okutoyi has also been entered to compete in the Futures tourney in Antalya, Turkey, and South Africa before the end of the year.

The country's youngest Kenya Open champion said her experience playing at Flushing Meadow will benefit her during the upcoming event in Sham El Sheikh in Egypt.

"Playing in the Grand Slams is an eye opener and it has built my confidence. I have a couple of tournaments remaining before the end of the year and I will be hoping to win," added Okutoyi.

She said going forward, there are several aspects of the play she will be working on to improve her performance.

“There are areas I need to improve on going forward. Overall, it's been a good year and playing in all four Grand Slams has been a dream come true. I hope the same opportunities will apply next year.”

Okutoyi had a mixed performance in the Big Apple tourney, bowing out in the second round in the singles category after losing to Talyah Preston of Australia 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1. The teen sensation had beaten Germany's Carolina Kuhl 7-5, 7-5 in the first round.

In the doubles category, Okutoyi teamed up with Rose Nijkamp of the Netherlands, winning the first round after beating Qavia Lopez of the USA and Christine Svendsen of Denmark 6-1, 6-3.

They, however, bowed out in the quarterfinals going down to the American duo of Natalie Block and Piper Charney 7-6(7-5), 6-3.

Okutoyi also received a shot in the arm with 30 universities in the United States expressing an interest in her, according to her coach Thuku Rogoi.

“Angie will be keen on an institution that will give her value. Her priority is to be able to continue her tennis playing career while studying,” added Rogoi.

Okutoyi's long-term goal will be to join the senior tour and play among the best in the world. Rogoi said with the right environment and resources Okutoyi, will only get better.

“She is just getting started and in the next couple of years, she will be the best,” added Rogoi. 

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