Sabine Lisicki has recorded the fastest serve in the history of women’s tennis at the Bank of West Classic in San Francisco, USA.
The German unleashed the 131mph (210.8kph) bomb with the score at 5-5 in the opening set of her first-round match against Ana Ivanovic on Tuesday.
Ivanovic, who went on to win 7-6(2) 6-1, managed to get her racquet to the ball and return the booming serve, but her reflex forehand flew just wide of the left-hand sideline.
Venus Williams dethroned
Lisicki has always been known for he powerful service game and her latest effort broke the previous record of 129mph (207.6kph) set by former World No. 1 Venus Williams at the US Open in 2007.
Bowing out of a tournament at the first hurdle is never easy to take, but Lisicki was partially uplifted by her new-found status as the fastest serving woman in the history of tennis.
"Well... at least I broke the world record for fastest serve on @WTA ...," she tweeted after the match.
Australian Sam Groth holds the crown for the fastest serve by a professional tennis player, blasting a 163.7mph (263.4kph) missile against Uladzimir Ignatik of Belarus at the Challenger Open in Busan, South Korea in May 2012.
The ATP does not recognise all service speed records due to the inconsistent accuracy of various radar guns used around the tour, but official data ranks Lisicki and Groth as the biggest servers in the men’s and women’s games respectively.
Regardless of her new accolade, Lisicki has endured a mediocre first six months of the season. Despite claiming the Sony Open alongside Martina Hingis in Miami in March, she is yet to pick up any silverware of her own in 2014.
Can Lisicki bounce back?
The 24-year-old failed to progress beyond the last 16 of any of the 11 singles events she entered before reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals in June, where she was dumped out by Romanian Simona Halep 6-4 6-0.
Lisicki has found her way to at least the quarters of The Championships every year since her debut in 2008 where she exited in the first round, and 2010, in which a long-term ankle injury forced her to withdraw.
With her yearly win-loss record standing at 12-9, the World No. 29 will be looking to call upon the kind of form she so often finds on the grass courts of Wimbledon in time for 25 August – day one of the US Open.
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