Yana Sizikova suspected of having rigged the match at Roland Garros 2020; the video shows why
French police this week arrested Russian tennis player Anna Sizikova on suspicion of rigging a doubles match at last year’s tournament. Sizikova was not formally charged and was subsequently released, The Associated Press reported. The police are still investigating.
Sizikova, through her lawyer, has denied the allegations, but the video of the game which is the focus of the investigation does not give her much the benefit of the doubt. She was broken in love in the fifth game of the second set on September 30. A review of the four points:
- 0-0: Sizikova served twice in the net; no service was about to be exceeded.
- 0-15: She crouched along the baseline after hitting a backhand then got up too late to achieve a volley.
- 0-30: She played this point more or less directly, with one of her opponents ending up hitting a winner in front of her playing partner, American Madison Brengle.
- 0-40: She threw the second double, wide and long.
Did someone miss last year’s Sizikova patch?
Update: She was a partner of Alexandrova and will play on June 3 against Storm / Alja
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Sizikova and Brengle lost the game 7-6 (8), 6-4 against Romanians Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig.
french newspaper The Parisian reported Friday that the match was suspected after tens of thousands of euros were wagered on the service game Sizikova with online sports betting. The bets were on Mitu and Tig to win the game. The AP reported that a French police unit specializing in fraudulent betting and match-fixing opened an investigation last October.
Sizikova, 26, won $ 8,262 for the game, according to the WTA website. This amount represents 4 percent of his listed career earnings of $ 206,617, which is spread over 11 years. She is ranked 101st in the world in women’s doubles and has one career victory. She and Anastasia Potapova won the Ladies Open Lausanne 2019 in Switzerland.
Sizikova’s lawyer Frédéric Belot told the AP that Sizikova was “extremely shocked” by the allegations and would sue for defamation. He told Reuters that Sizikova gave an explanation of what happened in the game to the tennis authorities and that her story “satisfied” them.
Brengle has not commented on the allegations.
Sizikova was arrested on Thursday after she and fellow Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova lost 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of this year’s doubles competition to Storm Sanders and Ajla Tomljanovic, Le reported. Parisian.
Match-fixing in tennis has a long history and players have been banned for life for it. This year alone, Russian players Alija Merdeeva and Sofia Dmitrieva and Argentinian player Franco Feitt have been banned by the International Tennis Integrity Agency.