Nov. 16, 2012
FORT WORTH – TCU women’s tennis head coach Dave Borelli announced the signing on two players to National Letters of Intent, who are set to join the program in the fall of 2013.
Seda Arantekin will come to Fort Worth from Turkey, while Hanna Victorsson is a Sweden native. Borelli has made a habit of bringing top European players to TCU in his seven seasons at the helm of the women’s program.
During her amateur career, Arantekin climbed as high as No. 786 in the world singles rankings and No. 629 in the world doubles rankings. She was ranked as high as No. 222 in the world junior rankings despite playing a limited number of events.
Arantekin has advanced to the semifinal round in four of the last five ITF doubles events she has entered, as well as the semifinals of a $10,000 singles event in Agri, Turkey last summer. Her best doubles finish this year was a runner-up showing at a $10,000 in Antalya-Kaya Belek, Turkey.
“Seda was recruited by a couple of top-10 programs,” Borelli said. “She’s played a lot of events on the circuit level and had a lot of success in those events. She will be a great addition to our program.”
Victorsson, a late-blooming prospect with experience playing throughout Europe, has played 25 different ITF junior event in eight different countries. Considered one of the top junior players in Sweden, Victorsson chose TCU over programs from the Big 12 and Big Ten.
“We’ve feel Hanna’s results over the past year show she’s really coming into her own. A lot of schools, particulary in the Big 12 and Big Ten, jumped on her recruiting bandwagon this year and we were late in the game. We’re very fortunate to land her in what is quite a coup for us.”
With four seniors departing the program following the 2013 season, Borelli says this class, with one scholarship still outstanding, will be his strongest since coming back to the women’s program in the fall of 2010.”
“Both of these girls have wonderful personalities,” Borelli said. “They really clicked with the coaches and the kids we already have on the team. We lose four players who are super kids in Federica Denti, Olivia Smith, Kelsey Sundaram and Molly Welsh, so it’s significant to land these two. We’ve got one scholarship left and I feel this will be our best recruiting year since we came back to the women’s team.”