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Wimbledon 2012: Kazakhstani wildcard Shvedova creates history with first 'golden set'

July 1, 2012 - London

Kazakhstan's wildcard entry in this year's Wimbledon Yaroslava Shvedova created history by becoming the first player to win a set in a grand slam without conceding a point.

According to The Telegraph, the unseeded 24 year-old achieved the feat, known as a golden set, at the start of her third-round victory over French Open runner-up Sara Errani on Wimbledon's Court Three.

She held serve three times and broke 10th seed Errani each time to take 24 consecutive points in 15 minutes.

Errani staged a fight back at the start of the second set and, in an unforeseen twist, she broke Shvedova's serve. But Shvedova stepped up her game to tie up a 6-0, 6-4 victory.

The International Tennis Federation confirmed the feat was unique in grand slams.

No woman had ever won a set without dropping a point on the professional circuit before, although Shvedova was the one who 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.


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