In Summary
  • The 18-year-old Okutoyi, who is the Britam Kenya Open champion, went down to Chiraz 6-1, 6-3 to settle for silver.

Kenya’s tennis prodigy Angela Okutoyi’s fairytale run at the Africa Cup of Nations in Botswana ended in agonising pain on Thursday in the final after she lost in straight sets to top seeded home player Bechri Chiraz.

The 14-year-old Okutoyi, who is the Britam Kenya Open champion, went down to Chiraz 6-1, 6-3 to settle for silver.

Okutoyi, who is also the Africa Under-14 girls’ champion, is now first Kenyan to reach the final either in men or women’s category of the Africa Cup of Nations.

“This is the best results ever by any Kenyan and this is commendable for the youngster,” said tennis Kenya vice president Francis Mutuku.

The history-making Okutoyi, also the ITF Africa Under-14 champion, had outclassed El Jardi Diae of Morocco 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-5 in the semi-finals.

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