The Golden Set in Tennis

Alexandra Goodson works as a sales manager within the energy storage systems division at Saft Batteries in Jacksonville, Florida. Away from work, Alexandra Goodson enjoys both following and playing tennis, having played competitively throughout her childhood.

The golden set is a rare tennis achievement that has only been seen seven times at the professional level. A golden set occurs when one player wins a set without dropping a single point. By definition, a player must win 24 points in a row to win a perfect 6-0 set. The first two officially recognized golden sets occurred in succession, giving American Hazel Wightman the only golden match in history at the 1910 Washington State Championships. Pauline Betz and Bill Scanlon became the second and third Americans to accomplish the golden set in 1943 and 1983, respectively. In 1995, Tine Scheuer-Larsen won a Fed Cup match 6-0, 6-0, with one golden set.

More recently, Yaroslava Shvedova recorded a 6-0, 6-4 win over Sara Errani at the 2012 Wimbledon. Six years earlier, Shvedova had triple set point for a golden set before double faulting, narrowly missing the opportunity to become the first woman with two golden sets. Julian Reister and Stefano Napolitano achieved the most recent golden set wins. Reister defeated countryman Tim Puetz (3)6-7, 6-4, 6-0, at the 2013 US Open qualifying tournament, while Napolitano defeated Augusto Virgili 6-0, 6-3, in 2015. At one point, Napolitano had won 33 points in a row.