The record books of tennis now
require another re-write after Germany's Sabine Lisicki
hit the fastest recorded serve in the history of women's
Lisicki, the 2013 Wimbledon
finalist and currently ranked world no.29, unleashed a
delivery of 131 mph against Ana Ivanovic in the pair’s
opening matches at the Bank of the West Classic in
The effort beat the previous
record set by Venus Williams of 129mph nearly seven
years ago at the 2007 US Open. However the new record
was not an ace as Ivanovic managed to get a racket on
the ball and did not herald a victory.
Lisicki’s big effort came in the
11th game of the first set with the match score at
5-all. However Ivanovic went on to win the match 7-6,
6-1. “Well at least I broke the world record for fastest
serve,” tweeted the 24 year-old German who lost 6-4,6-0
to Simona Halep in this year’s Wimbledon quarterfinal.
The new record was confirmed and
ratified by IDS, the company that tracks serve speeds at
select WTA events throughout the season.