WIMBLEDON, England – Absolutely perfect – 24 points played, 24 points won.
Can’t be any better than wild-card entry Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan was at the beginning of her third-round match at Wimbledon on Saturday, winning every point in the 15-minute first set of what became a 6-0, 6-4 victory over French Open runner-up Sara Errani of Italy. It’s the only “golden set” for a woman in the 44 years of pro tennis.
“I had no idea. I was just playing every point and every game,” said the 65th-ranked Shvedova, a 24-year-old who won two Grand Slam doubles titles in 2010 with Vania King of the U.S.
In the fourth round Monday, she’ll face Serena Williams, whose 13 Grand Slam titles include four at Wimbledon.
Williams came close to exiting, needing every one of her tournament-record 23 aces to come back and edge 25th-seeded Zheng Jie of China 6-7 (5), 6-2, 9-7. Williams won all 18 of her service games and saved all six break points she faced.
Williams’ buddy and possible London Olympics mixed doubles partner, Andy Roddick, did lose. The 29-year-old American, three times the runner-up to Roger Federer at the All England Club, blew a kiss to the Centre Crowd as he walked off after being beaten 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-3 by No. 7-seeded David Ferrer, but said he hasn’t made up his mind about his future in the sport.
Another American, Sam Querrey, also departed, with a 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-7 (3), 17-15 loss to No. 16 Marin Cilic of Croatia. The 5 1/2-hour match is the second longest in tournament history, behind the 11-hour, 5-minute marathon that John Isner won 70-68 in the fifth set against Nicolas Mahut in 2010.
Men’s winners included No. 4 Andy Murray and No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Women moving to the fourth round included defending champion Petra Kvitova and second-seeded Victoria Azarenka.