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Sabine Lisicki hits fastest serve in women's tennis history

STANFORD, CA - JULY 29: Sabine Lisicki of

STANFORD, CA - JULY 29: Sabine Lisicki of Germany serves to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during Day 2 of the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on July 29, 2014 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Ezra Shaw

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 (211 kph).

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 (208 kph), by Venus Williams at the 2007 U.S. Open.

Lisicki, a 24-year-old German, was the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2013.

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