Yana Sizikova, 26-year-old Russian tennis player, arrested for possible match-fixing at Roland Garros
An important scandal that has occurred in the world of tennis and specifically in a tournament as important as it is Roland Garros. The 26-year-old Russian player Yana Sizikovahas been arrested in Paris within the framework of an investigation that had been running for almost a year, specifically since the 2020 edition.
The current number 101 in the doubles ranking was arrested after losing in her first round match with her partner Ekaterina Alexandrova as reported this Friday from Paris. This arrest occurred within the framework of an investigation carried out by a court in the French capital.
Said investigation responds to a match played by the Russian tennis player, also in the doubles category, in last year’s edition of Roland Garros and in which there were suspicions of an alleged crime of organized fraud and sports corruption. The sights were set on a controversial game that was clear for the development of the match and that was decided with very striking actions and failures.
Yana Sizikova was arrested on Thursday night after losing a double 6-1 to the players Ajla Tomljanovic y Storm Sanders, which meant his elimination in the first round of the Parisian tournament. This investigation was opened on October 1 and has been carried out by the Central Service for Racing and Games (SCCJ) of the judicial police as transmitted by the prosecutor’s office. The suspicions center on the crimes of sports corruption and organized gang fraud.
Anyone missing the Sizikova fix from last year?
Update: she partnered Alexandrova and will play on the 3rd of June against Storm/Alja
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The investigation was brought to light by two reputable media outlets: the German newspaper The world and the sports newspaper The team and focuses on the match played on September 30 between Sizikova and Madison Brengle y Andrea Mitu y Patricia Maria Tig. The clash ended with a result of 7-6 and 6-4, but all suspicions center on the fifth game of the second set, moment in which the equality with the break in favor of the Romanian couple. That game was defined with a double fault from Sizikova in two rather striking actions.
very high stakes
As sources close to the preparation of the case file have revealed, abnormally high bets were registered in said match and up to several tens of thousands of euros, which aroused the first suspicions. These bets did not get out of hand in France, but abroad. Therefore, the National Gaming Authority (ANJ)which regulates games, horse racing and sports betting, had not registered any irregularities, but there were warnings from GLMS, Global Lottery Monitoring Systemand the group of Copenhagenmade up of 33 platforms that fight against sports manipulation.
For her part, the French Tennis Federationas the person in charge and organizer of the Roland Garros Grand Slam, confirmed the arrest of the Russian player, but did not want to make any assessment in this regard and indicated that it is “an ongoing judicial investigation and it is up to the competent authorities to respond to this situation “.
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