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Lisicki Hits Fastest Serve Ever

Sabine Lisicki blasted a serve during her match against Ana Ivanovic at the Bank Of The West Classic that made her the fastest-serving woman of all time. How fast was it?

Published July 29, 2014 12:15

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STANFORD, CA, USA - She may not have won the match, but she still made history - during her first round loss to Ana Ivanovic on Tuesday, Sabine Lisicki hit the fastest serve of all time in women's tennis, blasting a 131mph serve against the 2008 French Open champion and former World No.1.

The German fired the serve at 5-all, 40-30 - Ivanovic got her racquet on the ball, so it wasn't an ace, but her return sailed wide, giving Lisicki the game. Ivanovic would win the match, 7-6(2), 6-1.

Lisicki, who was already known for having one of the fastest serves on the women's tour - and who was affectionately nicknamed 'Boom Boom Lisicki' by ESPN's Brad Gilbert years ago because of it - is now the fastest-serving woman of all time, surpassing Venus Williams' previous record of 129mph.

IDS, the company that tracks serve speeds at select WTA events throughout the season, confirmed it.

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