Another betting investigation in Tennis
The murky world of illegal betting has yet again cast its shadow over tennis – but this time it’s the woman’s game that has come under scrutiny.
It follows revelations from leading lights in the men’s game that some players are being approached to ‘throw’ games, as well as an investigation into a Nikolay Davydenko match.
The match in question this time in the quarter-final of a tournament in Kolkata two weeks ago, played between Belarusian Tatiana Poutchek and Ukrainian Mariya Koryttseva.
The leading online betting exchange Betfair contacted the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) to inform them they were delaying payment on the match after there were suspicions of irregular betting patterns on the match.
Koryttseva, ranked 24 places below Poutchek, won the match 6-4, 6-2. It is believed that almost £1 million was wagered on the match at Betfair.
Betfair, who take illegal betting and fraud very seriously, eventually paid out on the match although the WTA will continue to investigate the situation.
"We need to be certain that the markets are clean," said Mark Davies, Betfair’s director of communications.
"We delayed settlement. We then settled as normal. We wanted to check that we were happy, and in the end we were."
Even though the WTA will continue their own investigation, they were keen to emphasise that there are, as yet, no indications of wrongdoing by either player.
Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-10-04 11:44:25