Yana Sizikova arrested at French Open over match fixing claims.
Yana Sizikova: Russian tennis player arrested at French Open over match-fixing allegations.
Yana Sizikova has been arrested at Roland-Garros relating to match-fixing allegations; French prosecutors opened investigation last September; 26-year-old lost her first-round women's doubles match on Thursday.YANA SIZIKOVA has been arrested at the French Open on suspicion of match-fixing at last year's tournament.The 765th-ranked Russian Sizikova was arrested on Thursday night on charges of sports bribery and organised fraud for acts likely committed in September 2020, according to French newspaper Le Parisien.An investigation was opened last October by a French police unit specializing in betting fraud and match-fixing.The prosecutors office said the probe centred on suspicions about one match at Roland Garros last year, but did not specify which one.German newspaper Die Welt and French sports daily L'Equipe said at the time there were suspicious betting patterns in the first round of a women's doubles match on Sept 30.On that day, Sizikova and partner Madison Brengle of the United States played on Court No. 10 against Romanian players Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig.Sizikova was broken to love serving in game five of the second set, during which she double-faulted twice.Tens of thousands of Euros were bet on the Romanian players to win the match according to Le Parisien, involving several operators in different countries.The newspaper said that Sizikova was arrested after losing in the first round of the doubles tournament at the French Open.It is believed authorities have searched Sizikovas hotel room.Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, told the RIA news agency that he had been informed of Sizikova's detention. TASS news agency also reported that the Russian embassy in Paris had been informed of the situation."We have not received any documents (regarding the case), so it's difficult to make an assessment of what has happened," Tarpischev was quoted as saying.The Russian Tennis Federation did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The International Tennis Integrity Agency, which deals with corruption in the sport, said it would not comment.It wasn't immediately known if Sizikova has an attorney to respond on her behalf.