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Mixed doubles match-fixing allegations rock the Australian Open

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Allegations of match-fixing have rocked the Australian Open, with suspicions a mixed doubles match on Sunday may have been fixed.

It’s been revealed a major sports gambling website suspended betting after large amounts of money was poured on Andrea Hlavackova and Lukasz Kubot ahead of their clash with Spanish pair Lara Arruabarrena and David Marrero.

Hlavackova and Kubot won the match easily 6-0, 6-3, with the first set lasting just 20 minutes.

The New York Times reports more than $25,000 was wagered on the match, with three other mixed doubles matches being played at the same time taking a combined total of just $2000.

Traditionally there’s very little interest from punters in the mixed doubles.

Marrero and Arruabarrena rejected any suggestions of foul play after the clash, with Marrero citing a knee injury for his performance.

Tennis is already under intense scrutiny over betting activity, with an investigation on the eve of the Australian Open revealing 16 players had been repeatedly flagged over match-fixing suspicions.

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