German Julia Georges owns the record for the fastest serve by a woman on the tour this year. Georges hit a 126 MPH serve at the French Open earlier this year.
Serena Williams, who hit a record 102 aces at Wimbledon, is second with her 122 MPH delivery at Miami.
RANK NAME MPH KPH TOURNAMENT
1 Julia Goerges (GER) 126.1 203.0 French Open
2 Serena Williams (USA) 122.0 196.3 Miami
3 Venus Williams (USA) 121.2 195.0 French Open
4 Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 120.5 194.0 French Open
5 Sabine Lisicki (GER) 120.0 193.1 Wimbledon
6 Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 119.3 192.0 French Open
6 Sabine Lisicki (GER) 118.1 190.0 Australian Open
7T Samantha Stosur (AUS) 118.0 189.9 Indian Wells
7T Sloane Stephens (USA) 118.0 189.9 Wimbledon
9 Dinah Pfizenmaier (GER) 117.4 189.0 French Open
10T Caroline Garcia (FRA) 116.8 188.0 French Open
10T Kaia Kanepi (EST) 116.8 188.0 Brisbane
How to play from the baseline
The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.
The ability to endure the rally is fundamental when you play a “long rally”, because it offers you the chance to measure your opponent’s strong points and vulnerabilities, besides letting you position as best as possible for your next offensive shot.