TIU investigates irregular betting on U.S. Open match

Wed Sep 7, 2016 7:35pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) is looking into a first-round match at the U.S. Open after irregular betting patterns were detected but the USTA said on Wednesday it was confident nothing nefarious had taken place.

The alert came after Swiss 15th seed Timea Bacsinszky's 6-1 6-1 victory over Russia's Vitalia Diatchenko on Aug. 30.

It is the second allegation of match-fixing to surface at a grand slam this year. At the Australian Open, a global bookmaker suspended betting on a mixed doubles match after unusually large amounts were bet on it.

"We are aware of the alert and at this point it is a matter for the Tennis Integrity Unit," United States Tennis Association spokesperson Chris Widmaier told Reuters. "We certainly have full confidence in the TIU to follow up properly and quickly regarding this matter.

"That being said, all betting alerts need to be properly investigated.

"But in this situation we are fairly confident that nothing nefarious has happened here but the TIU will undergo its normal process to ensure that there is no suspicious activity here."

The TIU said in a statement the Bacsinszky and Diatchenko match is the only alert it has received from the year's final grand slam which wraps up on the weekend with the women's final on Saturday and men's on Sunday.

"As with all cases, the TIU will assess, make a judgment and take appropriate action on the alert information received and obtained for the first round singles match between Vitalia Diatchenko and Timea Bacsinszky," said the TIU.   Continued...