Bergs Wins Beeline Open, First Challenger Title On Clay

Zizou Bergs (photo: KAZ Tennis)

ALMATY, June 13, 2021

Zizou Bergs captured his third ATP Challenger title of the season by winning the $52,080 Beeline Open held on clay at the Tennis Center CSKA in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The 21-year-old Belgian fought past local wild card entry Timofie Skatov 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in Sunday’s singles final.

Bergs advanced to the championship match with wins over Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera of Chile, No. 8 seed Joao Menezes from Brazil, No. 3 seed and compatriot Kimmer Coppejans and sixth favourite Dmitry Popko from Kazakhstan.

The World No. 259 sent down five aces and won 81 per cent of his first-service points to secure victory in two hours and one minute.

Following his triumphs in Lille, France, and St. Petersburg, Russia earlier in the year, Bergs lifted his third Challenger career trophy, his first on clay.

He collected $7,200 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Ranking points. The #NextGenATP player is projected to reach a new career-high at World No. 220.

First team title for de Jong/Sachko

On Saturday, Jesper de Jong from the Netherlands and Vitaliy Sachko from the Ukraine captured the doubles title. The No. 3 seeds defeated Ukrainian Vladyslav Manafov and Evgeni Tiurnev of Russia 7-6(4), 6-1. The encounter lasted one hour and six minutes.

By lifting their maiden trophies, de Jong and Sachko split $3,100 in prize money and collected 80 ATP Doubles Ranking points.