Angela Okutoyi successfully defends her Kenya Open singles title

TENNIS Angela Okutoyi successfully defends her Kenya Open singles title

Abigael Wafula 13:43 - 12.08.2023

The top seed was in a class of her own as she downed Tanzania’s Shana Mao in straight sets

Weeks after winning the International Tennis Federation (ITF) W15 Monastir singles title, Angella Okutoyi has stamped authority one more time by clinching the Kenya Open singles title in a thrilling showdown at the Nairobi Club on Saturday, August 12.

Going up against Tanzania’s Shana Mao, Okutoyi put up a good fight to take the first set 6-1. She continued the hot streak in the second set and won 6-0 to successfully defend her women’s single title.

She has gone unbeaten since the tournament started with the Round of 16 on Tuesday. She opened her campaign with a domineering 6-0, 6-0 victory over Emaan Amin to progress to the quarter-finals.

In the quarter-finals, the top seed was up against Stacy Yego on Thursday whom she also thrashed in straight sets to proceed to the semifinal. She was also in a class of her own in the semifinal where she displayed her skill by countering Alicia Owegi’s aggressive serves, to triumph with a score of 6-2 and 6-0.

In the women’s doubles, Okutoyi teamed up with her twin sister Roselida Asumwa to also reign supreme. The Kenyan duo beat the Tanzanian duo of Shana Mao and Ester Nankulange 6-1 and 6-0.

The tournament, which is set to conclude on Saturday, was making its return to the country after a four-year hiatus.