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Sabine fires fastest serve

Lisicki

San Francisco: German Sabine Lisicki fired the fastest serve ever recorded at a WTA event on Tuesday, unleashing a 210.8 kph (131 mph) bomb in her first round loss to Ana Ivanovic at the Stanford Classic.

Lisicki, who lost 6-7 (2), 1-6, unleashed the serve in the opening set of their match on the plexipave hardcourt surface at Stanford University.

She won the point despite former world No. 1 Ivanovic getting her racket to the ball. Ivanovic’s attempted return sailed wide.

The WTA said the serve bettered the previous record of 207.6 kph set by American Venus Williams at the US Open in 2007.

“Well... at least I broke the world record for fastest serve on @WTA ...,” Lisicki tweeted after her defeat.

Defending champion Dominika Cibulkova was another first round loser in Stanford on Tuesday, going down 2-6, 6-4, 2-6 to 20-year-old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.

In the men’s game, Australian Sam Groth still holds the record for the fastest serve. Groth, the then world No. 340 sent down a 163.7 mph bullet during a Challenger Tournament in Busan, South Korea, in 2012.