Venus Wiliams at Peace with Losing Serve Record to Sabine Lisicki

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On Tuesday evening, German No. 2 and former Wimbledon finalist 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.

Williams, who was on court for her own match following the Ivanovic vs. Lisicki clash, was victorious in her return to Stanford, where she had made her professional debut at the event exactly two decades ago. Once she arrived in the pressroom following the match, she was immediately questioned about the lose of her world record.

Venus appeared relaxed and content over the matter. She claimed that it was time for the record to be broken.

“I think it’s time it was broken. It’s a good thing,” Williams said. “Obviously, I need to try to serve harder, but clearly she serves really hard. That’s good encouragement. But I’m not out there really trying to serve hard. I used to, but now, when I really want the point, I try a medium serve somewhere above 110. I try more for placement these days. It takes a lot of energy to serve. So if you can take 10 miles off and place it, it’s smarter.”

Venus’ record was 129 mph, which she set at the 2007 US Open. Lisicki broke the record while serving in the first set her match against Ivanovic, which she lost in straight sets.

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