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February 22, 2013

Sabine Lisicki Hits WTA's First 130+ MPH Serve (210 kph)

Germany's Sabine Lisicki recently had a 210 km/h serve at the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali (Nov, 2009).

This is the fastest service ever recorded by a woman professional in a tour match.

That is half-a-smidge over 130 mph (130.488 mph), beating the previous best of 130 miles an hour hit by Brenda Schultz McCarthy when she was 34 years old.

I believe that Venus Williams at one time equaled that mark in a tournament in Europe but I haven't been able to find confirmation of that.

By the way, as happens so often with serving records, Lisicki lost the point. 

I'm posting this mainly because of inaccurate information by TV announcers particularly Chris McKendry of ESPN, who claims being the the fastest serve was 129 mph hit by Venus and more recenlty by her sister Serena. In fairness, there is no standard for what the fastest service is, nor where and how they should be measured.  The video here is not particularly worth watching, but I post it was a record of the the accomplishment.

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