Yana Sizikova was suspected of deliberately losing a match at last year’s Roland-Garros tournament.
Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova has been arrested for allegedly fixing a doubles match at the French Open last year, according to reports.
Sizikova, 26, was arrested on Thursday after playing this year’s tournament at Roland-Garros, the AFP news agency reported, citing a source in the Paris prosecutor’s office.
An investigation was opened last year into possible corruption and fraud in a first-round match in September that defeated Sizikova and her American partner Madison Brengle defeated by Romanian couple Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig.
The suspicions arose due to the activity of abnormally high bets recorded in countries outside France, which was reported to law enforcement, a source close to the case told AFP.
One game in particular, the fifth in the second set, was being analyzed by investigators after it presented two unusual double flaws by Sizikova.
A police source confirmed to Reuters on Friday that Sizikova had been arrested and detained. The source did not delve into the reasons for his arrest.
A separate source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters that the arrest was related to allegations of party resolution.
The French Tennis Federation (FFT) confirmed Sizikova’s arrest, but said she could not comment further.
Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, told the RIA news agency that he had been informed of Sizikova’s arrest.
“We have not received any documents (as far as the case is concerned), so it is difficult to make an assessment of what has happened,” Tarpischev said.
The TASS news agency reported that the Russian embassy in Paris had been informed of the situation.
On Thursday, Sizikova and her new partner Ekaterina Alexandrova were heavily defeated in less than an hour 1-6, 1-6 by Australian pair Storm Sanders and Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round of the women’s doubles.
Sizikova ranks 101st in the women’s doubles.