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Golden set

In tennis, a golden set is a set which is won without dropping a single point. This means scoring the 24 minimum points required to win a set 6–0, without conceding any points. In professional, top-tier tennis, this has only been accomplished six times.

History

Only two men and four women in the history of top-tier professional tour tennis are known to have ever achieved a golden set. In 1910, the 4 time grand slam singles winner Hazel Wightman achieved a Golden Match in which she did not lose a single point the entire match.

Player Tournament Opponent Final score Comments
Hazel Wightman Washington State Championships 1910 in Washington Miss Huiskamp (first name unknown) 6–0, 6–0 [1]
Pauline Betz Tri-State tournament 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio Catherine Wolf 6–0, 6–2 [2]
Bill Scanlon first round of the WCT Gold Coast Classic at Delray Beach on February 22, 1983 Marcos Hocevar 6–2, 6–0 recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records
Tine Scheuer-Larsen 1995 Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Mmaphala Letsatle 6–0, 6–0 [3]
Yaroslava Shvedova 2012 Wimbledon Championships Sara Errani 6–0, 6–4 [4]
Julian Reister 2013 US Open Qualifying Tim Puetz 6–7(3), 6–4, 6–0 [5]

Close calls

It is told[6] that in a 2006 match against Amy Frazier, Yaroslava Shvedova had already been one point away from a golden set: according to the story, she was serving at 5 games to love and 40–0, when she double-faulted. Yet the match statistics contradict that story...[7] Apparently Shvedova “only” won the 19 first points of the match.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ All-Time Records, Tennis Magazine, February 1981, page 72
  2. ^ S. Smith, Phillip (2010). From Club Court to Center Court (PDF) (2010 ed.). p. 22.  
  3. ^ Politiken, 10 May 1995, 1st Section, p.10
  4. ^ "'"BBC Sport – Yaroslava Shvedova joins the exclusive 'golden set. 
  5. ^ "Match Stats". 
  6. ^ "Shvedova wins 'Golden Set' against Errani". 
  7. ^ "Amy Frazier vs. Yaroslava Shvedova". 
  8. ^ "Memphis: Amy Frazier sweeps past Yari Shvedova... 1-6, 6-0, 6-0!". 
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