Venus records fastest serve ever by woman
PARIS (AP) – Venus Williams hit the fastest recorded serve in women’s tour history at the French Open on Wednesday, reaching 128.8 mph.
That broke the mark of 127 mph set by her sister Serena at the Cincinnati hard-court tournament last year.
Serving at 4-1, 30-love in the second set of her second-round match against Ashley Harkleroad, Williams smacked the record-breaking shot. Harkleroad actually got her racket on the ball, making it a service winner rather than an ace.
Williams noticed the readout on the court’s radar meter and let out a laugh, cracking her concentration.
"I loved it," she said. "I just lost a bit of focus there, for sure."
Williams wound up winning 6-1, 7-6 (8).
"When I was younger, I was always trying to serve harder and harder, and now I’m not trying to serve hard. It comes hard," she said. "So it was unexpected."