18-Year-Old Angela Okutoyi has made history as the first woman to play and win at the Australian Open. The young tennis player won her first round of the Girls Singles beating her opponent, Italy’s Federica Urgesi in both sets 6-4,6-7, 6-3.
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced the historic news on the social media pages.
“Two historic milestones in the Australian Open juniors today… Angella Okutoyi became the 1st girl from Kenya to win a Grand Slam juniors match,” read the statement in part.
The news has caused jubilation across the country as our very own is flying the Kenyan flag high at such a young age. For a country that excels in athletics , she might be our very own Serena Williams.
“Being able to take part in a championship such as the Grand Slam is quite a dream. It’s quite an experience because it only comes once a year. I am very happy and proud to be where I am,” Okutoyi stated.
The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. The tournament is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events held each year, preceding the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.
Renown media personality Carol Radull took to her Twitter page to shower Okutoyi with praises and congratulate her on the historic win.
“If you are the first Kenyan to play in the Australian open, you have already made it in life. If you win a game in the Australian open, you deserve state commendation or at least a road named after you. Well done Angela Okutoyi, you’ve made Kenya proud,” she wrote.
African record-holder Ferdinand Omanyala also took to his social media pages to congratulate the young superstar on reaching this level of the competition.
“The levels you’ve reached now doesn’t need anyone to pressurize you, don’t put pressure on yourself, just do your thing, you’re doing this out of passion. No pressure, enjoy yourself,” he said.
Okutoyi’s next match will take place on January 24 against Australia’s Zara Larke.