First-round U.S. Open match will be investigated for irregular betting

Thursday September 8th, 2016

A first-round U.S. Open women's singles match will be looked into by tennis' anti-corruption organization because of possible irregular betting patterns.

Tennis Integrity Unit spokesman Mark Harrison said Wednesday that 15th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky's 6-1, 6-1 victory over Vitalia Diatchenko last week is the only match that has been the subject of an alert at Flushing Meadows this year.

U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said the tournament ''is aware of the betting alert'' and that the TIU is handling the mattter.

Widmaier added that ''betting alerts need to be investigated, but they are certainly not gospel'' and do not ''necessarily indicate any nefarious doings.''

The New York Times first reported on the alert to the TIU.

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