Kyrgyz tennis player banned for 16 years

PARIS: Kyrgyzstan's Ksenia Palkina has been fined 100,000 US dollars and has been banned from playing tennis until at least 2029, the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) said on Friday.

The ban was for 16-years with six of them suspended and at 32-years-old Palinka has been set a date of 2029 for a comeback.

Palink admitted charges of match-fixing at a French tournament and was detained by French police in November 2019, ITIA said.

The ITIA said Palkina is free to resume her career after the suspension comes to an end, provided she doesn't break any more anti-corruption rules.

However the 32-year-old's career is likely over. She will be 39 by the time she is allowed back onto the court.

The sanctions prohibit Palkina from playing in or attending any event authorised or sanctioned by any international tennis governing body or national association for the duration of her ban.

Ksenia Palkina breached four anti-corruption rules Section D.1.d of the 2018 and 2019 TACP, Section D.1.e, Section D.1.f And section D.2.a.i

Palkina turned pro in 2004 and has earned about $220,000 in career prize money. She has 11 singles and 27 doubles titles to her name on the ITF tour - the tier below the WTA tour. She peaked at World No.163 on the WTA singles rankings in 2009, and reached World No.164 in doubles in 2010.