Russia's Yana Sizikova cleared of match-fixing two years after arrest at French Open
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Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova has been cleared of match-fixing, via her lawyer. In 2021, 28-year-old Sizikova was arrested at the French Open. At the time, Sizikova was being investigated over a doubles match she participated in at the 2020 French Open.
In 2020, Sizikova and her partner Madison Brengle suffered a 7-6 (8) 6-4 loss to Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig in the French Open women's doubles first round. Later, betting companies reported the match to tennis authorities after hundreds of thousands of euros were placed on a break of serve in the second set.
Sizikova cleared of match-fixing
"After two and a half years of investigation, the Paris Public Prosecutor's Office definitively closed the case on 11 April 2023, considering that criminal proceedings could not be initiated, as the facts of which Ms Sizikova was accused could not be established," her lawyer Frederic Belot told Reuters, as revealed on the BBC.
Sizikova, ranked at No 50 on the WTA doubles rankings list, is solely focused on doubles. Last year, Sizikova won her second WTA doubles title after she and fellow Russian Anastasia Potapova made it all the way in Prague.
Also in 2022, Sizikova won two ITF doubles titles. In early 2023, Sizikova didn't enjoy much success. But this week in Rabat, Sizikova finally made one notable run as she and her partner Sabrina Santamaria made the semifinal at a WTA 250 event in Rabat.
After a deep run in Rabat, Sizikova will certainly be hoping to also do well at the French Open. Earlier this year, Sizikova partnered Potapova for the Australian Open women's doubles event. Sizikova and Potapova, who won Prague together last year, didn't enjoy much success at the Australian Open as they were beaten in the second round.
At this stage of her career, Sizikova is completely focused on doubles and making strong results in the competition is certainly her highest priority.