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Russian doubles tennis player arrested for alleged match-fixing

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Paris, June 4 (IANS) Russian doubles specialist Yana Sizikova was on Thursday arrested here by the French police in connection with a match-fixing probe from the last year’s French Open, held in October due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yana, 26 and partnering compatriot Ekaterina Alexandrova, had lost the women’s doubles first-round match on Thursday to the Australian pair Ajla Tomljanovic and Storm Sanders 1-6, 1 -6.

The Guardian newspaper reported that the 101st ranked doubles player was arrested while she was leaving a massage session after her match. Yana’s hotel room was also searched before her arrest.

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The arrest relates to the first-round match in 2020 where Yana, partnering Madison Brengle of the USA, had lost to the Romanian duo Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig 7-6 (8), 6-4.

Bookmakers had noticed abnormal betting patterns during the match where thousands of euros were reportedly wagered on a break of serve at 2-2 in the second set.

Yana had conceded three points during her service game, including two double faults as she lost her serve to love.

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If proven guilty, Yana faces up to five years in prison and a fine of 500,000 euro. However, her lawyer has been quoted as saying that she has denied the charges.

–IANS

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