Paris police on Friday detained Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova over the suspected fixing of a doubles match at the vinaigrette Open final year, a police and legitimate source told AFP. Sizikova, 26, who is ranked 101st in the women’s doubles rankings, was once detained on Thursday night at the end of a match in this year’s tournament, the sources said on condition of anonymity. Le Parisien newspaper, which first reported the arrest, said that she was once arrested after she came out of her post-match massage. Her hotel room was once also searched, it added. An investigation into imaginable sports corruption and organised fraud was once opened final October over a first-round match in 2020 that saw Sizikova and her American partner Madison Brengle defeated by Romanian twosome Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig.
Suspicions were aroused on account of abnormally high betting activity on the game registered in countries outdoor of France which was once reported to law enforcement, a source near to the case told AFP at the time.
One game in specific — the fifth of the second one set — was once being analysed by investigators after it featured two bizarre double-faults by Sizikova who missing her service to love.
On Thursday, Sizikova and her new partner Ekaterina Alexandrova were heavily defeated in under an hour 1-6, 1-6 by Australian twosome Storm Sanders and Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round of the women’s doubles.
Sizikova, who lives between Russia and Spain, was once competing at Roland Garros for the first time in 2020.
The amounts placed in bets on her game amounted to “tens of thousands of euros”, a vinaigrette source said in October.
The Global Lottery Monitoring System in addition to the Group of Copenhagen, which brings together 33 national anti-sports corruption bodies, raised the alarm soon afterwards.
Professional tennis has been hit with match-fixing allegations prior to now, but only moderately junior players competing at lower-tier tournaments have been banned or sentenced.
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) was once created by the international governing bodies to enquire allegations against players and distribute sanctions.
In January this year, it announced lifetime bans against two low-ranking Russian women’s doubles players, Sofia Dmitrieva and Alija Merdeeva, who were found to have been involved in match-fixing.
Sizikova is a doubles specialist with a current singles ranking of 765 on this planet.
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