The first Grand Slam of the season has been overshadowed from the start by media reports alleging that tennis authorities had failed to thoroughly investigate evidence of match-fixing.
     
Today, just as Kerber began her 6-3, 7-5 win over two-time champion Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals, the governing bodies of tennis announced they will commission an independent review of their anti-corruption unit to restore 'public confidence in our sport'.

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In announcing the review, ATP Chairman Chris Kermode said the reports had 'caused damage to the sport,' which compelled the major stakeholders in tennis the International Tennis Federation, ATP and WTA tours, and the four Grand Slams – to take quick action to address the issue.
     
A BBC and Buzzfeed News report which coincided with the start of the Australian Open alleged 16 players, all ranked at some stage in the top 50, had been flagged for being involved in matches where suspicious betting activity was detected. No players were identified and no specifics were published, and many critics believed the data was based on matches that had already examined.

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