Tennis: Russia’s Sizikova arrested on match-fixing charges | Tennis News
Yana Sizikova was suspected of deliberately losing a game in the French Open last year.
According to reports, Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova was arrested on suspicion of playing a doubles match at the French Open last year.
Agence France-Presse quoted a source in the Paris prosecutor’s office as reporting that the 26-year-old Sizikova was detained on Thursday after participating in this year’s game in Roland Garros.
In the first round of the competition last September, Sizikova and her American partner Madison Brengle were defeated by the Romanian duo Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig to investigate possible corruption and fraud.
A source close to the case told AFP at the time that the unusually high-stakes activities of the game registered in countries other than France aroused suspicion and reported the situation to law enforcement agencies.
Especially one game-the fifth game of the second set-after Sizikova’s two unusual double errors, investigators are analyzing it.
A police source confirmed to Reuters on Friday that Sizikova had been arrested and detained. The source did not elaborate on the reason for her arrest.
Another source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters that the arrest was related to the allegations of match-fixing.
The French Tennis Federation (FFT) confirmed Sizikova’s arrest, but said it could not comment further.
Shamir Tapishev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, told RIA Novosti that he had been informed of Sizikova’s detention.
“We have not received any documents (about the case), so it is difficult to make an assessment of what happened,” Tapishev was quoted as saying.
TASS reported that the Russian Embassy in Paris had been informed of the situation.
On Thursday, Sizikova and her new partner Ekaterina Alexandrova were in the first round of the women’s doubles with a score of 1-6, 1-6 in an hour by the Australian combination of Sri Lanka. Tom Sanders and Aguila Tomglianovi? defeated.
Sizikova ranks 101st in the women’s doubles ranking.