ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Sabine Lisicki of Germany serves to Serena Williams of the United States in a Women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London. The WTA says Lisicki has hit the fastest record serve in the history of the women's tour, reaching 131 mph (211 kph), during her match against Ana Ivanovica at the Bank of West Classic in Stanford, Calif., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
STANFORD, Calif. >> The WTA says Sabine Lisicki has hit the fastest record serve in the history of the women’s tennis tour, reaching 131 mph.
Lisicki hit the serve at 5-5, 40-30 of a first-round loss against Ana Ivanovic in the Bank of the West Classic on Tuesday. Ivanovic got her racket on the ball, but the attempted return landed wide.
The previous fastest WTA serve was 129 mph, by Venus Williams at the 2007 U.S. Open.
Lisicki, a 24-year-old German, was the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2013.