- The Paris prosecutor, for lack of evidence, discontinued the investigation against Jana Sizikowa, who was accused of fixing Roland Garros 2020 matches
- The Russian tennis player was arrested in 2021 and then released a day later
- Despite strong indications of Sizikova’s guilt, the prosecutor’s office was unable to show evidence. Hundreds of thousands of euros were staked on a service break in the second set of Roland Garros’ first-round match, which Sizikova and American partner Madison Brengle lost 6-7 (8-10), 4-6 to Romanian pair Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig
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After being released from custody, Sizikov, ranked 50th in the doubles ranking, continues to play in the games under the auspices of the WTA. He will soon start competing in this year’s French Open. The 28-year-old Russian woman was the heroine of a high-profile scandal. She was supposed to fix matches at the courts of Roland Garros.
Sizikova was suspected of fixing matches at Roland Garros. The prosecutor’s office discontinued the investigation
Officials launched an investigation in October 2020 after allegations of “organized fraud” and “corruption in sport”.
As the BBC reported, citing its sources close to the investigation, “the investigation focused on the first round match in which Sizikova and American partner Madison Brengle lost 6-7 (8-10), 4-6 to the Romanian pair Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tiga”.
Suspicions arose after betting firms noticed that hundreds of thousands of euros had been bet on the service break in the second set. Sizikova, representing Russia, was arrested in 2021 and released from custody a day later.
“After two and a half years of investigation, the Paris prosecutor’s office finally closed the case, considering that no criminal case could be launched because the facts of which Sizikova was accused could not be established,” the tennis player’s lawyer, Frederic Belot, told Reuters.-
In July 2022, together with Russian Anastasia Potapova, Sizikova won the Prague Open. Accused of match-fixing, the player reached two other finals last year.
Sizikova filed a defamation complaint. As Frederic Belot admitted to her, “there is no news yet” regarding this lawsuit. The lawyer informed that the Russian will perform in this year’s French Open as planned.
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