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Angela Okutoyi out of Egypt tourney

Anjela Okutoyi return ball during the ITF World Tennis Tour U18 Championships at Nairobi Club on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Kenya’s tennis sensation Angela Okutoyi is out of the 15k All Women Futures tournament played in Sharm Elsheikh City in Egypt.

Okutoyi was on Wednesday eliminated from the juniors tournament after she lost 6-3, 6-0 in the first round to Ramu Ueda of Japan.

Ueda, currently ranked at position 757 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Singles rankings, outplayed Okutoyi who struggled with her serves and returns against her 23-year-old opponent.

This was her second loss after she lost 6-2, 6-3 to Ziva Falkaner of Slovenia last Saturday.

The 18-year-old had started the competition on a high after beating her Latvian opponent Magarita Ignatjev 6-1, 6-4 in her first match.

Okutoyi next heads to Casablanca, Morocco for the J1 tournament scheduled to run from March 14 to 19.

Okutoyi is expected to use these competitions as a build up ahead of the French Open Juniors scheduled to run from May 29 to June 5 in Paris.

She currently ranked 56 in the International Tennis Federation Junior rankings.

Okutoyi made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open Juniors event this year where she became the first Kenyan to reach the third round of any Grand Slam tournament.

This was a Kenyan's first appearance at any Grand slam tournament after a 16-year hiatus.