Play in the Big Ten Singles Championship resumed on Saturday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis. With the completion of the qualifying rounds on Friday, the stage was set for the 64-player main draw to begin.
The main draw began at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, with an anticipated long day of play ahead. The first round has, so far, brought no big surprises. Each of the 16 top seeded players are still competing in the tournament, however play in the first round has not concluded yet.
For the Badgers, the first round of the main draw has been split so far with two players recording wins and two recording losses both against opponents from Indiana. Michael Dierberger defeated Scott Rasmussen of Michigan State 6-2, 6-2, while Peter Marrack recorded his win over Purdue's Matt Manasse 6-0, 6-4. Varun Chari fell to Santiago Gruter 6-3, 6-4, as Michael Muskievicz was defeated by Jeremy Langer 6-4, 6-1.
In second round play, the top seeded players took control over the competition. 1 seeded Tobias Wernet of Minnesota, 4 seeded Christian Bierich of Iowa, and 10 seeded John Alarre of Michigan State are all displaying dominant play, as they each have recorded two straight set wins en route to Sundays third round.
Four Badgers made it past Saturday mornings first round of play, however Michael Dierberger was the only one to advance to Sunday. Dierberger defeated Northwesterns Eric Spector 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3. Gian Hodgson lost to Minnesotas Phillip Arndt in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. Peter Marrack was defeated by Michigan States Alex Forger 6-1, 5-7, 6-3. After winning his first set, Luke Rassow-Kantor could not hang on as he fell to Alexander Thams of Northwester, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Play will continue on Sunday, as the consolation rounds will start at 8 a.m. followed by the third round of the main draw. Check back to UWBadgers.com for updates throughout the day.