April 14, 2024

Okutoyi eyeing promotion as Billie Jean King Cup nears

Okutoyi eyeing promotion as Billie Jean King Cup nears
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The 19-year-old arrived in the country on 22 May, joining Owegi who had already landed and started her preparation alongside Kenyan-based Wanjala.

As Kenya prepares to host the 2023 Billie Jean King Africa Group III tournament, set to take place at the Nairobi Club from 12-17 June, Angela Okutoyi is a woman on a mission. 

A lot is at stake in this competition, the winner gains promotion to Group II while the bottom-placed nation in the 12-team competition faces relegation.

Okutoyi, who goes to battle alongside twin sister Roselida Asumwa, Alicia Owegi and Cynthia Wanjala, has all her focus on finishing top for promotion. 

"I want us to just qualify. That's the main goal, and as an individual I want to put a score on the board for my team in the singles. And if I play in the doubles we want clean sheets to win but our main goal is to qualify," she said ahead of the competition. 

The 19-year-old arrived in the country on 22 May, joining Owegi who had already landed and started her preparation alongside Kenyan-based Wanjala. Asumwa was set to join the trio in the course of the week. 

 

The 2022 Wimbledon Girls Doubles trophy winner is hoping to inspire the Kenyan quartet to clinching promotion to Group II, having missed the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup Europe/Africa competition in North Macedonia.

The trio of Asumwa, Wanjala and Owegi finished eleventh out of 14 countries after losing 2-0 to Botswana in the positional play off. Okutoyi could not compete as the tourney clashed with her historic run to the Wimbledon Junior Championships in London.

Meanwhile, Kenya made the Billie Jean King Cup debut in 1991 and played on and off until 2005. They returned to the competition in 2012.

Kenya has recorded three wins in the tournament to date, against Cyprus in 1995 and 2005 and against Iceland in 2017.