Golden set

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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 seven times.

History[edit]

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

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

Close calls[edit]

It is told[6] that Yaroslava Shvedova had already been one point away from a golden set in a 2006 match against Amy Frazier: 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 first 19 points of the match.[8]

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