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Yana Sizikova suspected of fixing match at 2020 French Open; video exhibits why

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French police this week arrested Russian tennis participant Anna Sizikova on suspicion of fixing a doubles match in final yr’s event. Sizikova was not formally charged and was later launched, The Related Press reported. Police are nonetheless investigating.

Sizikova, by her lawyer, denied the allegations, however video of the sport that’s on the heart of the investigation doesn’t lengthen her a lot advantage of the doubt. She was damaged at love within the fifth sport of the second set final Sept. 30. A overview of the 4 factors:

  • 0-0: Sizikova served twice into the online; neither serve was near going over.
  • 0-15: She squatted alongside the baseline after hitting a backhand after which obtained up too late to achieve a return volley.
  • 0-30: She performed this level roughly straight, with certainly one of her opponents ultimately hitting a winner previous her enjoying associate, American Madison Brengle.
  • 0-40: She threw within the second double, broad and lengthy.

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Sizikova and Brengle went on to lose the match 7-6(8), 6-4 to Romania’s Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig.

French newspaper Le Parisien reported Friday that the match got here beneath suspicion after tens of hundreds of euros had been wagered on the Sizikova service sport with on-line sportsbooks. The bets had been on Mitu and Tig to win the sport. The AP reported {that a} French police unit that focuses on betting fraud and match-fixing opened an investigation final October.

Sizikova, 26, made $8,262 for the match, in line with the WTA web site. That quantity represents 4 p.c of her listed profession earnings of $206,617, that are unfold over 11 years. She is ranked one hundred and first on the planet in girls’s doubles and has one profession victory. She and Anastasia Potapova received the 2019 Girls Open Lausanne in Switzerland.

Sizikova’s lawyer, Frederic Belot, advised the AP that Sizikova was “extraordinarily shocked” by the allegations and can sue for defamation. He advised Reuters that Sizikova gave an evidence of what occurred within the sport to tennis authorities and that her account “glad” them.

Brengle has not commented on the allegations.

Sizikova was arrested Thursday after she and a special associate, fellow Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, misplaced 6-1, 6-1 within the first spherical of this yr’s doubles competitors to Storm Sanders and Ajla Tomljanovic, Le Parisien reported.

Match-fixing in tennis has an extended historical past and gamers have obtained lifetime bans for it. Simply this yr, Russian girls’s gamers Alija Merdeeva and Sofia Dmitrieva and Argentine males’s participant Franco Feitt had been banned by the Worldwide Tennis Integrity Company.



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