Okutoyi set for ITF tournament

Fresh from winning the Africa Games singles tennis title in Accra, Ghana, Kenya’s Angela Okutoyi is set to compete at the six ITF tournaments in May.

Okutoyi targets ranking points as she seeks to scale up into the top 400 by the close of the qualification window on June 10. She is ranked 532.

Tennis Kenya Executive Officer Nancy Nduku said the tournaments will be played in April and May.

If she qualifies for Paris, Okutoyi will become the first Kenya tennis player at the Olympics.

“We are exploring all options. We want her to play in as many tournaments as possible. We believe she has a good chance of qualifying for Paris,” said Nduku.

Due to school commitments, Okutoyi, a student at Auburn University in the United States of America, has played in just 10 tournaments since July last year.

Okutoyi made history by winning the African Games singles title, the first for a Kenyan since the 1978 Games in Algiers.

She beat defeating Egyptian Lamis Elhussein 6-4 6-2.

She also partnered with Cynthia Cheruto to win the doubles silver medal, falling 6-4 10-7 6-3 to Egyptians Sandra Sameh Samir and Merna Mostafa Refaat.

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