Tennis players on the receiving end of a serve from Sabine Lisicki should beware — her shots are more like neon yellow bullets. The German served up a record-breaking ball that traveled 131 mph while playing at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif., on Tuesday.
The previous women’s record was set by Venus Williams, who once served a ball at 129 mph, the WTA reports. The record serving speed in men’s tennis is 163 mph, set by Sam Groth of Australian in 2012.
— Sabine Lisicki (@sabinelisicki) July 30, 2014
While most players on the defensive end might have let that one whiz by them, Lisicki’s opponent Ana Ivanovic of Serbia was able to get her racket on it. Ivanovic hit it out, but her effort speaks to greatness. The 2008 French Open champion and former No. 1 seed may have lost the point but she won the match, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1.