The University of Wisconsin mens tennis team concluded its second day of play at the 2004 Big Ten Men's Singles Championship in Madison today. The Badgers had seven players in the main draw, with Brian Ko (Teaneck, N.J.) advancing to the round of 16. Play continues tomorrow with the main draw, first round consolation and second round consolation brackets.
Ko beat Adrien Dubreyne of Minnesota in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. He then defeated Michael McCarthy of Indiana in three sets as well with the same score of 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Ko will face Malcom Scatliffe of Penn State tomorrow in the round of 16.
Freshmen Elliott Bisnow (Washington, D.C.) and Jeremy Sonkin (Wheaton, Ill.) won their first round matches but were unable to carry their momentum through the second round. Bisnow beat Scott Warner of Purdue 7-6 (3), 6-2, but fell to Mark Barry of Penn State, 6-3, 6-0. Sonkin beat Michael James of Penn State 6-4, 7-5. He then lost in the second round to Adam Schaechterle of Northwestern 7-6, 7-5.
Brothers Lachezar Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) and Alex Kasarov (Burgas, Bulgaria) both fell in the first round of today's action. Lachezar fell to Michigan States Brian Compton, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, while Alex lost in three hard fought matches to Ruben Gonzalez of Illinois, 9-6, 7-6(8), 6-3.
Felipe Bellido (Lima, Peru) also lost in the first round, falling to Sounak Chatterjee of Purdue, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The Kasarovs were able to regroup in the first round consolation bracket, where they both notched victories. Lachezar beat David Arving of Michigan 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-2 while Alex won against Penn States Bradley Hunter, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Play continues tomorrow morning at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Check uwbadgers.com for the latest updates and scores.