The Wimbledon organisers and Wimbledon authorities are keeping a close watch on up to a dozen players whom they suspect of fixing their matches. According to The Independent, the ATP Tour have prepared a list of between six and 12 players, across various nationalities, based on their involvement in matches where betting has been suspected. There are top-50 ranked players in the list.
A senior source from the Tour said: "A few of the players being watched aren't the ones you'd necessarily suspect while others who've had unjustified rumours trotted out about them are not of concern." The ATP, the governing body for men, reportedly know the identities of a group of gamblers in Russia and Italy, who have bet on "suspicious" games. A Russian spectator was arrested at the Ordina Open in the Netherlands during Monday's first-round match between Spain's Oscar Hernandez and Austria's Daniel Koellerer, after "unusual" bets on Hernandez, who won the tie.
Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki justified the faith of the legendary Martina Navratilova when she tipped the 18-year-old Danish sensation as her dark horse pick behind the Williams sisters to win at SW19. The nine-time Wimbledon champion made her pick before she made short work of Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-3, 6-2 in their quarter-final match at Eastbourne. As the only seed left, the sixth seed is now favourite to win the AEGON title at Devonshire Park.
Virginie Razzano defeated eighth-seed Agnieszwa Radwanska of Poland 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 while 2007 Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli beat Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 6-1, 6-4. France's Gael Monfils, the 14th seed at Wimbledon, pulled out after injuring his wrist at the Queen's Club tournament last week. * with agencies