NAIROBI, Kenya, September 4 — Angela Okutoyi started her Junior US Open campaign on a high note, digging deep before outscoring Germany’s Carolina Kuhl by two sets on Sunday night to advance to the second round.
Okutoyi arrived in the United States fresh from winning the doubles title at the J1 Repentigny tournament in Canada and less than 24 hours after landing in the United States, she continued her winning streak.
She won the close match in sets of 7-6. 7-5 to book a second round ticket. The last time these two met was in 2021 at JA Cape Town in South Africa where Okutoyi suffered a 6-2, 6-3 loss in the second round.
The Kenyan teenage sensation will face Australian Taylah Preston who beat American Alyssa Ahn two sets to one.
She won the first set with a 6-0 whitewash, but the American bounced back to win the second set 6-3. In the tiebreaker, the Aussie again upped her game to win 6-1.
Okutoyi, playing in her last Junior Grand Slam tournament, said her aim was to reach at least the quarter-finals, beating her achievement in Australia where she reached the third round.
At the French Open, she reached the second round after being eliminated in the first round at Wimbledon, where she nevertheless made history by winning the women’s doubles.