Russian player Yana Sizikova was arrested at Roland Garros on suspicion of a match-fixing, according to reports. The 26-year-old was arrested Thursday night following her first-round doubles match between herself and partner Ekaterina Alexandrova.
They had played against Ajla Tomljanovic and Storm Sanders but lost 6-1, 6-1.
According to The Parisian, she was placed in police custody in the premises of the Central Service for Races and Games of the Judicial Police following an eventful arrest.
Security guards attempted to prevent the arrest as Sizikova came out of her massage session after her match.
The German newspaper Die Welt affirms that Sizikova is involved in an investigation opened last October by the Paris prosecutor’s office for “organized fraud” and for “active and passive sports corruption.
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Tomljanovic and Sanders, who beat Sizikova and Alexandrova, will face Elena Rybakina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round of the women’s doubles.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have all qualified for the third round of the men’s singles.
Federer beat Marin Cilic in a sensational second round match yesterday.
The Swiss won after four sets but received a warning for taking too long to be ready between service games.
He will face the German Dominik Koepfer tomorrow.
Nadal is playing against Briton Cameron Norrie in hopes of trying to win his fifth consecutive French Open. The Spaniard could win his 14th title at Roland Garros, but has said he does not focus on his opponents in the next round before facing Norrie.
Nadal, 35, said: “I am the third, [Daniil] Medvedev the second, Novak [Djokovic] is the first one, no problem with that. I am here to do my best.
“When I’m third, you know you’re going to be lucky enough to be in the same part of the draw as # 1 and # 2.
“This time [I’m in] the part of the draw with the n ° 1. I just won my first game, something I’m happy with, and I’m trying to aim for the second, that’s all. All this stuff [on facing Djokovic and Federer] don’t worry me now, honestly. “