Gerasimov Retains Karshi Challenger Title

Gerasimov benefits from the retirement of Sergey Betov in the final to defend his title.

Gerasimov Egor Gerasimov

KARSHI, May 12, 2018

Egor Gerasimov won his second successive Karshi Challenger title on Saturday. The tournament with a total prize money of $75,000 is held on hard courts in the capital of Qashqadaryo Region in southern Uzbekistan. The No. 3 seed benefited from the retirement of fellow Belarussian Sergey Betov in the singles final, leading 7-6, 2-0.

Gerasimov advanced to the title match with wins over Farrukh Dustov, Teymuraz Gabashvili, Lloyd Harris and Cem Ilkel. The 25-year-old from Minsk won 56 per cent of the total points played before Betov, who battled from the qualifying into the final, was forced to stop playing due to a hip injury.

By lifting his fifth ATP Challenger crown, Gerasimov takes away $10,800 in prize money as well as 90 ATP Ranking points.

On Friday, Timur Khabibulin of Kazakhstan and Vladyslav Manafov from Ukraine captured the doubles title. The No. 2 seeds eased past local favourites and wild card entries Sanjar Fayziev and Jurabek Karimov 6-2, 6-1 in the final. The encounter lasted 55 minutes.