Germany’s Sabine Lisicki was presented with a Guiness World records certificate after she made a record-setting 131 mph serve in Stanford last month. Lisicki’s service game is considered one of her biggest weapons which makes her a huge threat in tennis.
The 131 mph serve happened during the Bank of the West Classic tournament first round match against Ana Ivanovic. Though she would go on to lose the match, Lisicki still has a lot to smile about, having overtaken previous record-holder Venus Williams.
Williams help the record for fastest serve for nearly seven years. She hit a 129 mph serve at the US Open 2007 tournament.
“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 certificate was presented by Kimberley Patric of the Guinness World Records.
The German is gearing up for the US Open which begins this week. The 26th seed will begin her campaign against Francoise Abanda of Canada.
“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.”