June 4, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – With 100 career wins, Aleksandra Markovic holds her head high as she looks back on a successful career.
A part of the 2012 Wisconsin women’s tennis graduating class, the Belgrade, Serbia, native registered the milestone victory with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Iowa's Ally Majercik in Wisconsin's April 20 victory over the Hawkeyes this season.
Of Markovic’s 100 career victories, however, winning the deciding point for Wisconsin with a 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 win at No. 5 singles in a 4-3 win over Illinois last season goes down as her most memorable match as a Badger.
This season, the four-year letterwinner opened the dual season with four-straight doubles victories after earning a flight championship at the Green and White Invitational in the fall.
Markovic finished her senior campaign with 10 doubles wins and added another seven victories in singles actions.
There is more to tennis than just winning according to Markovic, though.
The best part of being on the Wisconsin tennis team is “playing tennis as a team sport and supporting each other,” she said.
On the other hand, the one thing Markovic will not miss is the 6:30 a.m. turf workouts.
Perseverance is the greatest lesson she has learned.
Simply put, she has learned “Don’t give up.”
Following her own wisdom, the senior edged Nicole Martinez in a third set-tiebreak, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (4) to finish off her Wolfpack opponent and help UW pull off an upset over No. 37 NC State earlier this season on Feb. 12.
The civil engineering major looks to carry that mentality on to the next chapter of her life, where she plans to pursue a master’s degree in civil engineering.
Markovic earned Big Ten Sportsmanship honors in 2011 and was named Academic All-Big Ten in 2010.
Markovic’s competitive and resilient character will outlast life’s challenges.