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Oddly enough, only once before had a woman won 23 consecutive points, the ITF said: Shvedova, of all people. She took a 5-0, 40-love lead in a match against Amy Frazier of the U.S. at Memphis in 2006 — only to end up losing 1-6, 6-0, 6-0.

Imagine that! Shvedova said she couldn’t remember that one.

Told about that wild turnaround involving Shvedova, Errani pointed out that she did take a 2-0 lead in the second set, then added with a wink and a smile: “I came close. It could have been 6-0, 6-0 the rest of the way for me.”

She marveled about the play of doubles specialist Shvedova, who compiled a 35-6 edge in winners on the afternoon, showing off a high-risk, high-reward style that carried her to the French Open quarterfinals as a qualifier. Errani was particularly wowed by Shvedova’s powerful serves, noting that one second serve came in at 117 mph.

“She served really hard,” Errani said. “Hard, hard. It was like playing a Williams.”

Shrugging off her record-setting setback, Errani said she figured losing a set that way was the same as dropping one 20-18 in a tiebreaker. A loss is a loss. Still, she wants to watch a replay of the set to try to figure out whether she could have done anything differently.

But Errani was pretty sure there wasn’t.

“With a serve like that, with groundstrokes that strong,” she said about Shvedova, “who knows? Maybe she’ll win Wimbledon.”

Williams might have something to say about that, too.