Youngster African tennis player, Angella Okutoyi made history on Court 18 on Saturday when alongside her Dutch partner Rose Marie Nijkamp she became the first Kenyan to win a Grand Slam title.
Okutoyi and Nijkamp combined to beat Canadians Kayla Cross and Victoria Mboko 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 to be crowned Wimbledon Girls’ Doubles Champions.
The achievement has to be one of the most remarkable of the entire Fortnight considering the 18-year-old had never played on grass before arriving in England this summer and spent time in a Nairobi orphanage with twin sister Roselida as a youngster after her mother died in childbirth.
Okutoyi became a household name back home when she reached the third round of the Australian Open girls’ event in January and even attracted the support of Kenyan Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong’o on social media during that run.
Okutoyi was at Wimbledon as part of the ITF’s Grand Slam Player Development Programme and ITF Touring Team.
History has been made 🇰🇪!
— ITF (@ITFTennis) July 9, 2022