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Breaking: Russian player Yana Sizikova detained over match-fixing at French Open

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One game in particular was being analysed after it featured two unusual double-faults by Yana Sizikova.PHOTO: YANA_SIZIKOVA/INSTAGRAM

 Paris police on Friday (June 4) detained Russian player Yana Sizikova over the suspected fixing of a doubles match  the French Open last year, a police and legal source told AFP.

Sizikova, 26, who is ranked 101st in the women’s doubles rankings, was detained on Thursday night after playing in this year’s tournament, the source in the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

An investigation into possible corruption and fraud was opened last October over a first-round match in 2020 that saw Sizikova and her American partner Madison Brengle defeated by Romanian pair Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig.

Suspicions arose because of abnormally high betting activity on the game registered in countries outside of France which was reported to law enforcement, a source close to the case told AFP at the time.

One game in particular – the fifth of the second set – was being analysed by investigators after it featured two unusual double-faults by Sizikova.

On Thursday, Sizikova and her new partner Ekaterina Alexandrova were defeated in under an hour 6-1, 6-1 by Australian pair Storm Sanders and Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round of the women’s doubles.

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-AFP

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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