Russian player arrested at French Open

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Russian player Yana Sizikova has been arrested and taken into custody at the French Open over match-fixing allegations related to last year's tournament.

Sizikova and her doubles partner Ekaterina Alexandrova lost 6-1 6-1 in their first round French Open doubles match on Thursday to Australian pair Ajla Tomljanovic and Storm Sanders.

Sizikova was arrested in the evening after the match and released from custody on Friday, her lawyer said.

"She has been released, her custody has been lifted," Frederic Belot told Reuters.

Last September, French prosecutors opened an investigation into fraud and corruption over alleged match fixing in a women's doubles match at the 2020 French Open.

The investigation related to a match between Sizikova and American Madison Brengle and Romanian pair Andreea Mitu and Patricia Mari and. The Romanians won the match.

Belot explained that it was alleged that Sizikova and her doubles partner lost a service game on purpose, with the Russian serving double faults.

He added that Sizikova had contacted tennis authorities last year and that she provided them with a explanation, which he says "satisfied" them.

"It is therefore serenely and in the best possible state of mind that Yana Sizikova went to Paris a week ago to play in the 2021 French Open women's doubles tournament," said Belot.

"She and her father were extremely shocked when she was arrested."

Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, told the RIA news agency that he had been informed of Sizikova's detention.

"We have not received any documents (regarding the case), so it's difficult to make an assessment of what has happened," Tarpischev was quoted as saying.

The Russian Tennis Federation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The International Tennis Integrity Agency, the independent anti-corruption body set up by the sport's governing bodies, was not immediately available to confirm it had been contacted.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA), which runs the women's tour, could not be immediately reached either.

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