By Randy Walker
Before Sabine’s Slam, there was Brenda’s Boom!
Sabine Lisicki of Germany hit the fastest-recorded serve in women’s tennis Tuesday when she hit a 131 mph strike against Ana Ivanovic in the opening round of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University.
Media report that Lisicki’s serve broke the previous record set by Venus Williams, who hit a 129 mph serve at the 2007 U.S. Open.
However, as documented in my book and mobile app “On This Day In Tennis History” – (www.TennisHistoryApp.com), Lisicki’s serve actually broke the record previous set by Brenda Schultz-McCarthy of The Netherlands, who hit a 130 mph serve in 2006.
The book/mobile app excerpt documenting Schultz-McCarthy’s historic serve is seen below.
July 15, 2006 – Thirty-five-year-old Brenda Schultz-McCarthy serves the fastest serve recorded on the WTA Tour, belting a 130 mph serve in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Julia Cohen in the qualifying rounds of the Western and Southern Group Championships in Cincinnati. “A lot of people were asking me how fast I could serve now that I’m 35 years old,” says Schultz-McCarthy, returning to the WTA Tour after an absence of six-years. “This is great, it’s very exciting. It was difficult to hear people say I used to have the fastest serve, or that I’m the second-fastest ever; this is definitely something I wanted to do in my comeback.” Venus Williams held the previous record, hitting a 127 mph serve in 1998.
The 24-year-old Lisicki, a Wimbledon finalist in 2013, hit the historic serve on game point to take a 6-5 lead in the first set, but lost to Ivanovic 7-6 (2), 6-1.