The match in question was a relatively obscure first-round mixed doubles match, with Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic and Lukasz Kubot of Poland facing David Marrero and Lara Arruabarrena of Spain. In the hours before the match started, large amounts of money came in on Hlavackova and Kubot, the report said, citing Marco Blume, the head of the sportsbook at the website Pinnacle Sports.
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“We saw a small number of people placing a large amount of money,” Blume said. He added: “In context, these matches are rather small. That means that any aggressive betting behavior is very easy to detect on our side.”
Hlavackova and Kubot won 6-0, 6-3. The entire match took just 49 minutes.
Marrero and Arruabarrena both denied any accusations of match-fixing in post-match comments. Marrero said a knee injury was to blame for his poor performance, the report said.
The amount of betting on this match, according to Blume, was not in keeping with other matches at this Australian Open. Pinnacle stopped taking bets on the match after the suspicious action came in.