Teenagers make history for Iran and Kenya at Australian Open

    Meshkat al-Zahra Safi of Iran celebrates winning in the first round of the Australian Open junior event.

    (CNN)While the superstars of the main tour inevitably attract the majority of the attention at this year's Australian Open, two young women have made history in the junior tournament.

    Iran's Meshkat al-Zahra Safi and Kenya's Angella Okutoyi have both reached historic milestones at the first grand slam of the year and have been inspiring the next generation of talent.
    On Sunday, Okutoyi became the first girl from Kenya to win a grand slam juniors match and she is showing no signs of slowing down.
      After beating Australian Zara Larke in three sets on Tuesday, she is now the first Kenyan to reach the third round of a grand slam in any singles event.
        "I am happy to represent my country and everyone back home. It gives me motivation and I believe it gives Kenyan kids motivation to believe they can do it," she said after her win.
        Meanwhile, Safi made history on Sunday when she became the first Iranian -- boy or girl -- to win a junior grand slam match.
        The 17-year-old beat Australia's Anja Nayar 6-4 6-3 at the Australian Open junior event in what was another highlight in her already impressive fledgling career.
          "I wanted to say about my match today that thank God I was able to perform well in my first match against an Australian opponent from the host country," she said in a video to sports channel Varzesh 3.
          She also thanked the "dear Iranians for all their messages of support and energy."