Steady progress

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 00:00 |
Angela Okutoyi returns a shot during a match last week. Photo/PD/ALEX NJUE

Top seed Angela Okutoyi continued her impressive run of form as she sailed through into the second round during the ongoing third series of the Tennis Kenya Challenge at Nairobi club yesterday.

The 15-year-old was in good shape as she thumped Azam Rajab in straight sets of 6-0/6-0 in the mid-morning ladies singles encounter.

This was her same opponent at the semis last week when she also reigned supreme and yesterday’s victory now puts her in the frame for a third consecutive title.

It was almost a smooth sail for Okutoyi who is yet to drop a set in two weeks of action.

The first set that took about half an hour was cool as it gets with Okutoyi throwing all to the charge.

Her serve coupled with returns and court composure was good enough. She dictated play also through reducing errors especially in the middle of points.

The second set was also cruise mode for the teen sensation as she tortured her younger opponent who also gave a good slice of momentary impression.

In another encounter, Cynthia Cheruto also drubbed Sylvia Bonareri in similar fashion in scores of 6-0/6-0.

The rising talent seemed to be confident from first serve with especially emphasis on good ball delivery.

Her first set was punishing for her opponent who hardly got her groove in the entire run.

The second set of play was equally demanding to Bonareri as fourth seed Cheruto constantly buried winners with speed.

In the Men’s Singles, Isaiah Etale saw off Robert Tali 6-3/6-1 in a game of different versions.

The first set was almost lucky for Etale who came from behind twice to clinch it.

The second set was now one sided with Etale dropping only a single game.

Talus was adventurous but Etale’s experience was good enough to shut out any lurking danger.

Meanwhile Brian Omwando beat Frank Juma 6-0/6-1 in another one sided encounter.

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