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Between tramlines: Courtside betting case adjourned

Police made the arrest with the help of new legislation targeting sports-related corruption in Victoria state.

Melbourne |
Updated: January 17, 2014 11:20:09 am
rodlaverarenaM The Rod Laver Arena (Reuters)

Briton Daniel Dobson, who was arrested at the Australian Open on Tuesday for “conduct that would corrupt a betting outcome”, had his case adjourned until Jan. 23 at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday, local media reported.

Dobson, 22, was arrested on court two at Melbourne Park and discovered to have a device in his shorts which would enable him to transmit the results of points before they were officially distributed around the world, the court heard. Dobson’s lawyer Sass Nasimi said his client was simply collecting data to protect a betting agency from fluctuating odds, according to an Australian Associated Press report.

Police made the arrest with the help of new legislation targeting sports-related corruption in Victoria state, where the tournament is held.

Prosecutors told the court that police were investigating two other British men in relation to the same offence.

Azarenka relishing hat-trick pressure

Victoria Azarenka said the prospect of winning a third straight Australian Open title was an inspiration, not a pressure, after booking her place in the third round on Thursday. The Belarussian saw off Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1 6-4. “I don’t think I feel pressure,” the number two seed said. “I like pressure because I think it motivates you to be better. I know that I won here twice before but this is completely a new year for me and I always take it one at a time. I know it’s a long road where I only just played the second round. I just really want to focus on one game at a time.”

Azarenka admitted she struggled in the second set. “She’s a very tricky player and obviously can do a lot of things,” she said.
“I felt like she was really brave to do anything, like coming to the net on a second serve. She went for her shots. So I had to adapt and try to refocus my game, trying to control and move her around myself.”

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