April 21, 2024

Impressive Angela Okutoyi stuns Harvison for W15 Monastir title

Impressive Angela Okutoyi stuns Harvison for W15 Monastir title
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The Kenyan had an easy first set, going ahead 6-2 to give herself a huge advantage against her 24-year-old opponent.

Last year’s Wimbledon Girls Doubles winner and two-time African tennis champion Angela Okutoyi has been crowned the W15 Monastir tournament champion in Tunisia.

The sensational 19-year-old Okutoyi downed Isabella Harvison from USA 6-2, 7-6² in the final to bag her first International Tennis Federation (ITF) Singles title.

The Kenyan had an easy first set, going ahead 6-2 to give herself a huge advantage against her 24-year-old opponent.

The second set was, however, closely contested, going on to a decider set that Okutoyi totally bossed for a 7-2 match win to bag her first of what she says is first of many.

“You know what they say…. HARD WORK DOES PAY OFF!!

MY FIRST PRO TITLE W15 and not the last!! (sic),” she posted on twitter.

 

In the semis, the Kenyan had played India’s Zeel Desai, who has a career-high singles ranking of 549 by the WTA, winning the match by straight sets of 6-1, 7-6 (5) to book her final berth while Harvison beat Alexandra Iordache 6-3, 6-4 in the semis to set up a final of the unseeded.

 Okutoyi’s run this week began with a round of 32 win over 18-year-old German Helena Buchwald 5-7, 2-6.

A 6-4, 6-0 straight sets victory over the top seed, Yasmin Mansouri in Thursday’s round of 16 a victory over Italian Anastasia Abbagnato, the tournament’s fifth seed, in three sets of 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 on Friday afternoon's quarter-finals matchup saw her reach the final.