Golden set

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In tennis, a golden set is a set which is won without losing a single point. This means scoring the 24 minimum points required to win the set 6–0, without conceding any points.

In professional tennis, this has occurred twice in the main draw of top-level events. It has also happened a number of times in the pre-tournament qualifier of the lowest-level events. Bill Scanlon had a golden second set in his win over Marcos Hocevar at the 1983 Delray Beach WCT event. Yaroslava Shvedova had a golden first set in her win over Sara Errani at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.[1]

A golden match is when a player does not lose a single point in the entire match. There are four documented cases of this at low-level events. Hazel Wightman first did so in a 1910 amateur match in the state of Washington. Then it happened thrice in France in the qualifiers of lowest-level professional events, two of them in the span of two months, both against the same 55-year-old man.[2]

List of occurrences[edit]

  • Main draws of top-level professional events are in boldface.
Player Event Opponent Final score Date Comments
United States Hazel Wightman 1910 Washington State Championships, Washington United States Miss Huiskamp (first name unknown) 6–0, 6–0 1910 Golden match.[3]
United States Pauline Betz 1943 Tri-State tournament, Cincinnati, Ohio United States Catherine Wolf 6–0, 6–2 1943 [4]
United States Bill Scanlon 1983 Delray Beach WCT first round Brazil Marcos Hocevar 6–2, 6–0 22 Feb 1983 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 9 May 1995 [5]
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova 2012 Wimbledon Championships third round Italy Sara Errani 6–0, 6–4 30 Jun 2012 Only golden set in main draw of a Major.[6]
Germany Julian Reister 2013 US Open qualifying Germany Tim Pütz 6–7(3–7), 6–4, 6–0 20 Aug 2013 Only golden set in third set.[7][8]
Italy Stefano Napolitano 2015 Distal & ITR Group Tennis Cup qualifying Italy Augusto Virgili 6–0, 6–3 7 Jul 2015 [9][10]
Ukraine Katarina Zavatska 2015 Chang ITF Pro Circuit – Bangkok 25,000$ qualifying Thailand Thanyathorn Putthaun 6–0, 6–0 12 Dec 2015 [11]
China He Yecong 2016 Qingdao ATP Challenger qualifying China Wang Honghan 6–0, 6–0 7 Aug 2016 In the second set.[12][13]
France Benjamin Tullou 2016 France F17 Futures qualifying, Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France Czech Republic Tomas Fabian 6–0, 6–0 3 Sep 2016 Amateur opponent. Golden match.[13]
France Joffrey de Schepper 2016 France F23 Futures qualifying, Rodez, France Czech Republic Tomas Fabian 6–0, 6–0 15 Oct 2016 Amateur opponent. Fabian won one point for honor to avoid another golden match against him.[14]
Venezuela Luis David Martínez 2017 Morelos Open qualifying Mexico Manfred Brandes Vogt 6–1, 6–0 18 Feb 2017 [15]
France Dan Added 2018 France F5 Futures qualifying, Poitiers, France France Freddy Prioton 6–0, 6–0 11 Mar 2018 Golden match.[16]
Thailand Krittin Koaykul 2019 Doha M15 qualifying, Doha, Qatar Ukraine Artem Bahmet 6–0, 6–0 8 Dec 2019 Golden match.[17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Sport – Yaroslava Shvedova joins the exclusive 'golden set'".
  2. ^ "Joffrey De Schepper beat 55-year-old Tomas Fabian 6-0 6-0 in one of the fastest matches in tennis history!".
  3. ^ All-Time Records, Tennis Magazine, February 1981, page 72
  4. ^ S. Smith, Phillip (2010). From Club Court to Center Court (PDF) (2010 ed.). p. 22. ISBN 0-9712445-8-8.
  5. ^ Politiken, 10 May 1995, 1st Section, p.10
  6. ^ "BBC Sport – Yaroslava Shvedova joins the exclusive 'golden set'".
  7. ^ "Tennis: Julian Reister réalise un historique "golden set"". 23 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Match Stats". Archived from the original on 2013-09-01.
  9. ^ "Stefano Napolitano's Golden Set (Italian)".
  10. ^ Josh Meiseles (2015-07-09). "Thirty-Three Points Won In A Row? It Happened". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  11. ^ tennisnet (8 August 2016). "Ein perfekter Satz – 2 Chinesen sorgen für historisches Ereignis".
  12. ^ Shukla, Balraj. "Saturday School: Has anyone ever won the Golden Set? - TrollTennis". trolltennis.com.
  13. ^ a b tennisnet (3 September 2016). "Weltpremiere! Franzose Benjamin Tullou spielt „Golden Match"".
  14. ^ "Rodez (ITF) - Joffrey de Schepper pas loin du golden match". www.tennisactu.tv.
  15. ^ "ATP Challenger Tour on Twitter".
  16. ^ "Golden match alert! Dan Added writes history against Freddy Prioton".
  17. ^ https://www.itftennis.com/en/tournament/m15-doha/qat/2019/m-itf-qat-05a-2019/draws-and-results
  18. ^ https://www.eurosport.es/tenis/el-peor-tenista-del-mundo-el-desproposito-de-artem-bahmet-en-catar_sto7570418/story.shtml