WIMBLEDON, England – Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan became the first player in a Grand Slam tournament to win every point of a set on her way to beating French Open runner-up Sara Errani 6-0, 6-4 Saturday in the third round of Wimbledon.
According to tournament organizers and the ITF, Shvedova is just the second known player in the Open Era to achieve a so-called "golden set" by winning 24 straight points. The 10th-seeded Errani then won the first point of the second set to halt the streak, breaking Shvedova in that game before taking a 2-0 lead.
While Shvedova's win was surprising in itself, her dominating start made it even more remarkable. The wild-card entry hit four aces and 14 winners overall in winning 24 straight points to wrap up the first set in just 15 minutes Saturday, despite Errani making just one unforced error in those six games.
No woman had ever won a set without dropping a point on the professional circuit before, although Shvedova was the one came closest. She held the previous WTA record by winning the first 23 points in the first set against Amy Frazier in 2006, before losing that match 1-6, 6-0, 6-0 in the second round in Memphis.
The only previously known player to record a "golden set" was Bill Scanlon against Brazilian player Marcos Hocevar in the first round of the Gold Coast Classic in Delray Beach in 1985. Scanlon won that match 6-2, 6-0.