Peretz last to fall at Big Ten Championships

Steven Peretz fell one match short in the consolation bracket at the Big Ten Singles Championships yesterday in Madison.

After advancing to the consolation semifinals, Peretz qualified for the finals early yesterday against Indiana’s John Stone, dismissing him in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

In the finals, he ran into Illinois’ Pramod Dabir, who holds a No. 68 national ranking. Peretz showed no signs of intimidation, winning a hard-fought first set in a tie-breaker, 7-6 (6).

Dabir then became the first player to take a set off Peretz since his Indiana teammate Monte Tucker did in the first match of the tournament. Dabir jumped ahead of Peretz early and took the set 6-2.

His momentum continued into the third set, where he won with the same margin, taking the match and the title of consolation bracket champion.

Peretz finished the tournament with a 4-2 record and a second-place finish in the consolation bracket.

— Scott Bell

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