MOSCOW, January 27. /TASS/. /TASS/. Two Russian female tennis players, Sofia Dmitrieva and Alija Merdeeva, have been suspended for life from the sport after they were found guilty of match fixing, the Tennis Integrity Unit (ITU) said in a statement on Wednesday.
"The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has today confirmed that two Russian tennis players, Sofia Dmitrieva and Alija Merdeeva have been banned for life from the sport, following investigations into multiple incidents of match fixing," the statement reads. "Two of the matches concerned involved both the players as doubles partners."
"Merdeeva, who had a highest singles ranking of 928 and a highest doubles ranking of 644, was involved in two incidents of match fixing," according to the statement.
"Dmitrieva, who had a highest WTA singles ranking of 1191 and a highest doubles ranking of 939, was involved in a total of six incidents of match fixing," the statement said. "In addition, she was charged with a failure to co-operate with the investigation."
The statement added that sanctions against Dmitrieva, 26, and Merdeeva, 23, "mean both players are permanently prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorized or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis."
The International Tennis Integrity Agency is an independent body established by the International Governing Bodies of Tennis to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide.