STANFORD – Sabine Lisicki has broken Venus Williams’s record for the fastest serve in women’s tennis. The world No29 recorded 131mph – two miles an hour faster than Williams achieved at the 2007 US Open.
Lisicki set the record during a first-round defeat in the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, US. She hit an unreturnable 131mph serve at 5-5 in the first set against Ana Ivanovic, much to the delight of the small crowd that gathered on the Stadium Court. Ivanovic went on to win 7-6, 6-1.
“Well at least I broke the world record for fastest serve,” Lisicki tweeted after the defeat.
On the men’s side, Australia’s Sam Groth possesses the fastest serve of all time – 163mph – set at a Challenger event in South Korea in 2012.
Top five fastest recorded serves in tennis
1 163.7mph: Samuel Groth, Aus, 2012 Busan Open Challenger
2 160mph: Albano Olivetti, Fr, 2012 Internazionali Trofeo Lame Perrel-Faip
3 156mph: Ivo Karlovic, Cro, 2011 Davis Cup
4 155.3mph: Milos Raonic, Can, 2012 Rogers Cup
5 155mph: Andy Roddick, US, 2004 Davis Cup
1 131mph: Sabine Lisicki, Ger, 2014 Stanford Classic
2 129mph: Venus Williams, US, 2007 US Open
3 128.6mph: Serena Williams, US, 2013 Australian Open
4 126.1mph: Julia Görges, Ger, 2012 French Open
5 126mph: Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Neth, 2007 Indian Wells Masters