Sabine Lisicki might have lost her match against Ana Ivanovic at the 2014 Stanford Classic tournament in Stanford, California, USA but at least she goes home with a new world record in women’s tennis.
The German put everything she had on one serve—hitting the 131 miles per hour mark—and breaking the record of previous holder, Venus Williams (USA), who served at 129mph at the 2007 US Open. Williams along with sister, Serena is in the Top 5 of the top fastest servers ever and Lisicki joins compatriot Julia Gorges at the top of the list.
Top 5 Fastest Serves in Tennis History
Women 1. Sabine Lisicki (Germany) -131 mph at the 2014 Stanford Classic 2. Venus Wiliams (USA) – 129 mph at the 2007 US Open 3. Serena Williams (USA) - 128.6 mph at the 2013 Australian Open 4. Julia Gorges (Germany) – 126.1 mph at the 2012 French Open 5. Brenda Schultz-McCarthy (Netherlands) – 127 mph at the 2007 Indian Wells Masters
Men 1. Samuel Groth (Australia) – 163.7 mph at the 2012 Busan Open Challenger 2. Albano Olivetti (France) – 160 mph at the 2012 Trofeo Lame Perrel-Faip 3. Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) – 156 mph at the 2011 Davis Cup 4. Milos Raonic (Canada) – 155.3 mph at the 2012 Rogers Cup 5. Andy Roddick (USA) – 155 mph at the 2004 Davis Cup
However, except for that lone bright spot, Lisicki struggled in her match against Ivanovic, who won in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 6-1.
The German was nonetheless proud of her feat and shared it on Twitter:
Well...at least I broke the world record for fastest serve on @WTA ...