It took Kazakh wild card Yaroslava Shvedova just 15 minutes to win the opening set of her third round match at the All England Club. It marks the first ever ‘Golden Set’ accomplished at a grand slam tournament.
Shvedova, who is coming off of a quarter final appearance at Roland Garros, was untouchable in the first set with four aces amongst her 14 winners and only benefited from one unforced error from her opponent in the 24 points won. The only stat area where Errani won out was first serves in, however even with her first serve going in she was unable to win a point.
The second set, in true WTA style, saw Errani grab an early break. Shvedova, despite not as devastating as the opening set managed to break back and prevail to victory 6-0 6-4.
Shvedova is the third player to achieve a Golden Set and the first person to do so since 1983.
In the fourth round Yaroslava will play four times champion Serena Williams who could not have found a more different way past the third round. Playng against 2008 semi finalist Zheng Jie, who seems to always up the ante against Serena, the match promised much and delivered more.
The first set saw no breaks of service as it was pushed to a tie breaker in the blustery Centre Court conditions. Zheng played a dominate tie breaker, testing Williams with her consistency and slower ground strokes, taking control of the rallies and an upset looked likely.
Frustrated, Serena Williams dropped the first six points of the second set, sending shots firing into the backstops before composing her self to win the second with two service breaks, 6-2.
Having not broken Williams in the match and with no third set tiebreaker Zheng new the task ahead of her. Serena, unlike her previous grand slam performances rose to the challenge and did not buckle under pressure. Serving to stay in the match at 4-5, 5-6 and again at 6-7 Williams did what shed best and served her way out, holding to love on each occasion. The classic match ended with Serena winning the third 9-7 and also saw Serena serve a record of 24 aces in a women’s tennis match, the previous record was 22 by Kaia Kanepi.
All round of 16 matches will be played on Monday as the tradition of no play on middle Sunday continues.