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In 15 ‘golden’ minutes,Shvedova wins 24 straight points to make history

Yaroslava Shvedova became the first player in a Grand Slam tournament to win every point of a set.

Written by Associated Press | London |
July 1, 2012 3:32:01 am

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 on Saturday in the third round of Wimbledon.

According to tournament organisers 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. Shvedova,a 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. “Today I laid a golden egg,” the Kazakh later tweeted.

No woman had ever won a set without dropping a point on the professional circuit before,although Shvedova was ironically the one who had come 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 1983. Scanlon won that match 6-2,6-0.

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Shvedova’s next opponent will be Serena Williams,who hit a Wimbledon-record 23 aces,held every service game and narrowly escaped an upset bid by Zheng Jie,winning 6-7 (5) 6-2 9-7.

Williams,who erased all six break points she faced,served three times to stay in the match and held each time at love. She was pushed to deuce serving in the final game but closed out the victory with a volley winner,then hopped in glee on the Centre Court grass.

Serena rocketed a return to break for an 8-7 lead in the final set,then showed how much she wanted to win,throwing back her head and letting out a long scream. “Hopefully I’ll be able to win a point in the set,’’ Williams said about her next round clash.

Defending champion Petra Kvitova,No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka and former French Open champions Ana Ivanovic and Francesca Schiavone also reached the fourth round. Lukas Rosol,who stunned two-time champion Rafael Nadal in the second round,flopped in his follow-up,losing to No. 27-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2 6-3 7-6 (6).

Curtains for Roddick

Andy Roddick failed to convert two set points in the second set and lost to No. 7-seeded David Ferrer 2-6 7-6 (8) 6-4 6-3. Mardy Fish,playing in his first tournament since undergoing a procedure on his heart in May,beat David Goffin 6-3 7-6 (6) 7-6 (6). Qualifier Brian Baker continued his surprising run by beating Benoit Paire 6-4 4-6 6-1 6-3. No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga swept Lukas Lacko 6-4 6-3 6-3 and will next face Fish.

Paes wins,Sania-Bhupathi lose

Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania suffered a crushing 3-6 1-6 defeat to Australian P Hanley and A Kudryavtseva. However,Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek notched up a 6-2 6-4 7-6 (5) victory over Isreali combination of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.

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