Tennis Sensation Angella Okutoyi Receives Rousing Welcome at JKIA After Winning Kenya’s First Ever Grand Slam

Tennis Sensation Angella Okutoyi Receives Rousing Welcome at JKIA After Winning Kenya’s First Ever Grand Slam

  • New Wimbledon Junior Doubles winner Angella Okutoyi was received heroically upon returning back to the country after achieving a milestone
  • Okutoyi became the first Kenyan to win a tennis Grand Slam following her exploits in the United Kingdom
  • Sports Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed was among the people present to welcome her back

Fresh from winning the Wimbledon's Junior Doubles championships, Angella Okutoyi was treated to a befitting welcome at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport(JKIA) on Monday night.

Okutoyi became the first-ever Kenyan to win a tennis Grand Slam when she partnered with Rose Marie Nijkamp to win the Doubles events at Wimbledon.

Angella Okutoyi, Wimbledon, JKIA, Amina Mohamed, Tennis, Grand Slam, champion
Amina Mohamed was part of the team that received Angella Okutoyi.
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She was received by a host of dignitaries at the airport led by Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Amina Mohamed. She was also graced by Utamaduni dancers who danced to welcome the new champion, as Standard Sports reports.

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Okutoyi, together with her partner, defeated the Canadian duo of Victoria Mboko and Kayla Cross 2-1 after going down in the first set.

President Uhuru Kenyatta leads nation in congratulating Angella Okutoyi

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Kenyans from all walks of life have continued to send in their congratulatory messages to Angella Okutoyi, who became the first Kenyan to win a Grand Slam over the weekend.

Okutoyi partnered with Rose Marie Nijkamp from the Netherlands to win the Wimbledon Open doubles Junior Championships. The duo beat Canadians Kayla Cross and Victoria Mboko to see Okutoyi write her name in Kenyan tennis history.

It has been quite a journey for the prodigy. Okutoyi was orphaned at birth after she lost her mother during delivery. Her grandmother Mary Ndonda gave them(her and her sister) up to an orphanage but took them back when she was seven months.

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How Kenya Simbas can qualify for Rugby World Cup despite damaging defeat to Namibia

Sports Brief had also reported that Kenya rugby 15s national side Kenya Simbas failed to book a direct ticket to the Rugby World Cup after falling to Namibia in the Rugby Africa Cup final. Namibia swept aside Simba 36-0 to book a seventh successive appearance at Rugby's grandest stage.

A hat-trick of tries from Wian Conradie plus a couple of other mistakes from the Kenyan side saw Namibia remain undefeated against Kenyan opposition since 2014.

However, all hope is not lost for the Simbas as they will now head to a mini-tournament, also known as the Repechage tournament, for the final chance to qualify for the World Cup.

Source: Sports Brief News