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Angela Okutoyi: Celebrations as Teen Becomes Wimbledon’s First Kenyan Champion

Kenyans have come together to celebrate tennis player Angela Okutoyi after winning the junior Wimbledon Grand slam.

The 18-year-old rising stat and her partner, Dutch player Rose Marie Njikamp beat Canadian pair Kayla Cross and Victoria Mboko by 2 sets to one to emerge victorious at Wimbledon.

Okutoyi made history after becoming the first Kenyan player to reach Wimbledon final after defeating Lucija Ciric Bagaric and Nikola Daubnerova in straight sets.

In her speech after reaching the finals, the teen player attributed their success to team work and joint efforts, further heaping praises at her partner.

“The match was interesting but not easy at all. However, my partner and I really fought through it. We were losing it but we kept calm and strong and that’s how we got the win

“She’s good. I mean we have a good connection when we’re playing and I like that we bond so well and play quite good together,” Okutoyi said.

In an interview with BBC Sport Africa, Okutoyi celebrated her win which and being the first Kenyan to win a Grand Slam.

“It’s great for me to be the first Kenyan to win a Grand Slam and to reach a final in a Grand Slam

“It doesn’t matter the background you come from or where you’ve been, it’s just the belief and the dream that you can achieve it. Now I believe that we’ll have more Kenyans here for sure,” she said.

Okutoyi also disclosed that she and her sister were raised by their grandmother following their mother’s death, further dedicating her win to her late mother.

“She will be over the moon, she will be so happy for sure,” she noted.

Okutoyi has been celebrated by many including President Uhuru Kenyatta who termed her victory a momentous achievement that will lift Kenya’s tennis profile internationally and inspire the next generation of tennis players.

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