Murray State women's tennis was given a recruiting class rank of 23 recently by the Tennis Recruiting Network for NCAA mid-major teams.
Coach Jorge Caetano's 2017-18 class of Aarja Chakraborty of Gautam Budh Nagar, India, and Nastya Sharapova of Astana, Kazakhstan, have turned in solid junior careers as they get set to join the Racers in August as freshmen. Both are sporting International Tennis Federation Junior World Rankings. Sharapova has a high ranking of 703 and Chakraborty's was 775.
Chakraborty has a career high ITF Juniors rank of 775. She had a three-set win over Olivia Elliot of Great Britain (260) and in 2014 she was selected to represent India in the Road to Wimbledon Tournament at the All England Club.
Sharapova has several wins against higher ranked opponents, including victories over Knesia Domnina of Russia (ranked 276) and Yasmina Karimjanova of Uzbekistan (188).
"I am very excited for our team and program to be recognized with a top-25 ranking," said Caetano, who has now signed three ITF ranked players in the last two years, the other being sophomore Claire Chang. "We're looking forward to getting Chakraborty and Sharapova here on campus. The fall season will be a good time for us to test our team and see where we're at heading into 2018."
Chang, from Taiwan, had a career high ITF World junior ranking of 618 prior to winning 12 singles matches as a freshman at Murray State. Chang teamed with Alina Schibol for 13 doubles victories and was named All-Ohio Valley Conference Second Team.
The Racers get the fall portion of the 2016-17 season going (Sept. 8-9) at the Austin Peay Invitational.
Central Florida leads the rankings list.
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