The Murray State Racers women’s tennis team opened the fall season at the Austin Peay Invitational in Clarksville, Tennessee.

The tournament was highlighted by Claire Chang going 3-1 in singles play and winning the Flight 1 Consolation draw. In the final match Chang defeated Asel Jumamukhambetova in a great battle, where she saved three match points to win the third set tiebreaker 16-14.

“Claire was able to find her rhythm as the tournament progressed and I am very happy that she won the Flight 1 Consolation Draw, beating three OVC opponents that she might face in the Spring so that is definitely a confidence boost.

Sara Bjork went 2-1 playing singles, also went 2-1 in doubles play with Jeanne Masson for a combined 4-2 record on the weekend.

“I was very pleased to see Jeanne and Sara playing this weekend. They played some great tennis in singles and I was also very happy with the way they stepped up in doubles to go 2-1 playing as our main doubles team once we weren’t able to have our top 2 doubles teams playing this weekend. They have a lot of confidence with each other and I am very confident they can play in any position of the line up in doubles for us this season.”

Aarja Chakraborty and Hannah Rickard tried to play through injury but were forced to retire after the first day of matches. On the first day of the tournament, the Racers went 3-9 in singles play and 1-2 in doubles play. On Saturday, they went 4-2 in singles play, with the 2 losses coming in the third set tie-breaker, and 1-1 in doubles play.

“We had two and a half good weeks of preparation going into the tournament and I felt that we were ready. Unfortunately we weren’t able to play to our potential, especially on Friday so that was disappointing. Saturday, on the other hand, the team bounced back, and played some great tennis going 5-3 in total and put themselves in position to win every single one of those matches.

Central Arkansas is next on the list for the Racers, as they compete in the Central Arkansas Invitational on September 29 and 30

Hunter Julius
Murray State Media Relations Intern