Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova has been ARRESTED at the French Open over match fixing claims after hundreds of thousands of euros were wagered on losing her service game in doubles… before committing two double fouls and missing another shot
- An investigation into alleged match fixing was launched last September
- Russia’s Yana Sizikova hit two double faults and missed another shot on her serve game during a women’s doubles match at the French Open
- Bookmakers identified irregular betting activity around the doubles match
- Now the 26-year-old player has been arrested and taken into custody
Yana Sizikova, of Russia, has been arrested at the French Open and taken into custody following allegations of match fixing from last year’s tournament, sources have confirmed.
The incident in question concerns a women’s doubles match at Roland Garros last year between Romanian pair Andreea Mitu and Patricia Mari against Sizikova and American Madison Brengle.
An investigation was launched after bookmakers identified irregular betting activity surrounding the doubles match. It was alleged that hundreds of thousands of euros had been wagered on Sizikova who would lose her service game.
The Russian – who lost the match with her partner on September 30 – hit two double faults while also failing to reach the ball after being forced to return to baseline as the fifth game of the second set went to Mitu’s side. and Mari on. .
Russian tennis star Yana Sizikova has been arrested over match-fixing allegations
Sizikova (bottom right) served two double faults when she lost her service game at French Open
The Russian then missed a shot completely during last year’s women’s doubles match
And after that game was over, the Russian returned to the field between halves to practice her serve, but again fouled the net.
And last September, French prosecutors opened an investigation into “fraud in an organized group” and “active and passive corruption” after the doubles match.
Now, according to a police source and the French Tennis Federation (FFT), the 26-year-old Russian has been arrested, but they did not elaborate on the reasons.
However, a source with direct knowledge of the case said the arrest was linked to allegations of match fixing.
Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, told the RIA news agency that he had been informed of Sizikova’s arrest.
Last September, French prosecutors launched an investigation into the doubles match between Sizikova (pictured) and Madison Brengle vs. Andreea Mitu and Patricia Mari
The 26-year-old’s highest ranking in doubles is 89, achieved in March 2020
The TASS news agency also reported that the Russian embassy in Paris had been informed of the situation.
“We have not received any documents (related to the case), so it is difficult to assess what happened,” Tarpischev said.
Sizikova was arrested shortly after she fell and lost in her first round doubles match at Roland Garros.
Sizikova and her partner Ekaterina Alexandrova were beaten 6-1 6-1 by Ajla Tomljanovic and Storm Sanders in less than an hour.
The Russian Tennis Federation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Russian, pictured posing for a photo in Saint Petersburg, was born in Moscow
The International Tennis Integrity Agency, which deals with corruption in sport, said it would not comment.
Born in Moscow and now living between Russia and Spain, Sizikova took part in Roland Garros for the first time in 2020.
Sizikova, 26, had a career-high ranking of 336 in women’s singles, achieved in June 2016.
In doubles, her highest position was number 89, which she reached in March 2020, just months before the French Open incident in question.
The Russian now ranks 101st in women’s doubles and has raised a total of $206,617 (£146,310) in prize money in her 11-year career.