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ROLAND GARROS || A Russian Tennis Player Arrested For Fixing A Match At Roland Garros 2020

The tennis player detained this Thursday in Paris, in the framework of a suspicion of match-fixing in a doubles match played in last year's edition of Roland Garros, was released this Friday, according to sources from the Public Prosecutor's Office of Paris.

The player, of which the newspaper Le Parisien specified that it is the Russian Yana Sizikova , although the Prosecutor's Office did not specify her identity, was arrested for "sports corruption and organized gang fraud" and has been released without charges. The 26-year-old tennis player and 101st world doubles player was arrested on Thursday after a match in this edition, as part of the investigation opened on October 1 for "sports corruption" and "organized gang fraud," said the prosecution, confirming an information from the newspaper Le Parisien.

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The investigation was revealed in October by the German newspaper Die Welt and the French sports newspaper L'Equipe and focused on the women's doubles match between the couple formed by Sizikova and the American Madison Brengle against the Romanians Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig , on September 30, in the first round of the 2020 edition of the Parisian 'grande'.

Suspicions were particularly focused on the fifth game of the second set, blank, won by the Romanian duo after two dubious double faults by Sizikova . Mitu and Tig prevailed in two sets, 7-6 and 6-4. According to a source close to the dossier interviewed in October, the stakes on this game reached "abnormally high sums of several tens of thousands of euros."

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The National Gaming Authority (ANJ) , which regulates gambling, horse racing and sports betting in France , had not detected anomalies "in the French market" but had received alerts "from the GLMS ( Global Lottery Monitoring System ) and the Copenhagen group (which brings together 33 platforms to combat sports manipulation in the world) ", according to a source from the ANJ.

Tennis has been hit by suspicions of rigged matches, but usually in the second or third category. Various investigations are open in France.

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