Earlier this summer, Sabine Lisicki served at 131 miles per hour (approx. 211 km) on one of her points against Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic, thus beating the record previously set by former world No. 1 Venus Williams. At the US Open on Friday, the German No. 2 was awarded a certificate from the Guinness World Records for her achievement.
Williams’ previous record was a 129mph serve at the 2007 US Open.
“It’s an honor to achieve a Guinness World Records title for the fastest serve,” Lisicki said. “I’ve worked very hard on my serve from a young age, and I consider it a weapon. It’s great to be recognized for my hard work, and I will continue to focus on improving my serve.”
The 2013 Wimbledon finalist will begin her US Open campaign against Canadian qualifier Francoise Abanda.
“Sabine’s ability to serve a tennis ball at an astonishing speed of 131 mph is a truly magnificent achievement. Rightly so, this has earned her the accolade of the fastest tennis serve in a female tennis match and we’re delighted to present her with her Guinness World Records certificate,” a spokesperson from Guinness World Records said. “In the modern game of tennis, players are hitting and serving the ball quicker than ever and, you never know, Sabine may better her own record.”
The US Open begins Monday, Aug. 25.