Wimbledon junior doubles champion Angella Okutoyi is through to the quarterfinals of the W15 Nairobi World Tennis Tour.
The Kenyan tennis sensation on Thursday defeated eighth seed Sevil Yuldasheva of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-4 at the Karen Country Club in Nairobi.
The win brings her one step closer to her first W15 title after recording a few early starts at the same tournament level in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt), Marrakech (Morocco) and Monastir (Tunisia) this year.
Okutoyi, who heads to the US in January 2023 to join Auburn University on a full scholarship, has a career-high 1501 in the WTA rankings.
On Wednesday, she joined her winning sister in the round of 16 of the W15 World Tennis Tour after knocking out Sharanya Shetty 6-0, 6-0.
The 2018 Kenya Open winner defeated the 20-year-old Indian qualifier in under an hour.
Wild card Asumwa scored her ticket on Tuesday after beating Australia’s Nessa Pratt 6-4, 6-2.
Asumwa will face sixth seed Indian Sharmada Balu in the second round. Balu defeated Kenyan qualifier Katarina Karanja 6-1, 6-1 in 47 minutes on Wednesday.
Okutoyi will be heading to Auburn University in the US in January 2023 to pursue tennis and academia on a full scholarship.
With the tournament also having points on offer in addition to the USD 15,000 (around Ksh. 1,828,500) up for grabs in the general competition, Okutoyi, who is looking to make her transition to the senior team, will be eager to close out the year in top. her as she plays for the country for the first time in the tournament.
Following her singles match, the former African junior champion will also take part in the doubles category, joining 19-year-old India’s Smriti Bhasin, where they will take on Caroline Romeo (France) and Sevil Yuldasheva (Uzbekistan).