The tennis world was shocked after a Russian player was arrested on suspicion of participating in fixing her match in Paris.
A police and legal source told Agence France-Presse that the Paris police detained Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova on Friday for allegedly playing a doubles match at the French Open last year.
According to an anonymous source, Sizikova, 26, ranked 101st in the women’s doubles rankings, was detained at the end of a match of this year’s tournament on Thursday night.
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The Parisian newspaper, which first reported the arrest, said she was arrested after a massage after the match. It added that her hotel room had also been searched.
In October last year, in a first-round match in 2020, an investigation into possible sports corruption and organized fraud was launched. Sizikova and her American partner Madison Brengel were appointed by Romanian group Derea Mitu and Patricia Maria Teague defeated.
A source close to the case told Agence France-Presse at the time that the unusually high betting activity of games registered in countries other than France was reported to law enforcement agencies, which aroused suspicion.
In particular, one game-the fifth game of the second set-is being analyzed by investigators after Sizikova’s two unusual double faults, who lost the service of love.
On Thursday, Sizikova and her new partner Ekaterina Alexandrova scored 1-6, 1-6 in the first round of the women’s doubles in less than an hour. Defeated by the Australian combination of Storm Sanders and Aguila Tomglianović.
Sizikova, who lives between Russia and Spain, participated in the French Open for the first time in 2020.
A French source said in October that the amount of bets on her game reached “tens of thousands of euros.”
The global lottery monitoring system and the Copenhagen team, which brought together 33 national anti-sports corruption agencies, soon issued an alert.
Professional tennis has been hit by match-fixing charges in the past, but only relatively young players participating in low-level events have been banned or convicted.
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) was created by an international regulatory agency to investigate allegations against players and impose sanctions.
In January of this year, it announced a lifetime suspension of two top-ranked Russian women’s doubles players, Sofia Dmitrieva and Alia Merdiava, who were found to have participated in match-fixing.
Sizikova is a doubles expert and currently ranks 765 in the world in singles.