French Open: Yana Sizikova released after being held for match-fixing allegations

Yana Sizikova, a Russian doubles specialist, has been released from police custody a day after she was arrested as part of an investigation into match-fixing at last year’s French Open.

The 26-year-old, who is ranked 101st in doubles, was released without being charged.

As per a report in the Guardian newspaper, Yana, who is ranked 101st in doubles player category, was arrested while she was having a massage session after her match at the ongoing French open 2021.

Meanwhile, her hotel room was also searched before her arrest.

“Yana Sizikova is shocked and rejects charges of crimes she has never committed… these accusations harm her reputation,” her lawyer Frederic Belo was quoted as saying by the Tass news agency, adding that she intends to file a complaint for libel.

Reports said that the arrest is related to the first-round match in 2020 where Yana, partnering Madison Brengle of the USA, had lost to the Romanian duo Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig 7-6 (8), 6-4.

The cops and bookmakers had noticed abnormal betting patterns during the match where thousands of euros were reportedly wagered on a break of serve at 2-2 in the second set.

Earlier on Thirsday in the ongoing tournament, Yana and partnering compatriot Ekaterina Alexandrova had lost the women’s doubles first-round match to the Australian pair Ajla Tomljanovic and Storm Sanders 1-6, 1 -6.

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