The fastest service record: Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova or Venus Williams?
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 7338
Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova have written the history of tennis and women's sport over the past twenty years, being recognized across the planet as truly legendary icons. But among them, who holds the record for the fastest serve? Serena Williams has made her best weapons of power, class and tactics.
Her career fastest serve was 128.3 mph (206.4 km/h), in 2013. She is ranked third on the list of women's players with fastest serve. Venus Williams ranks second on the list of women's players with fastest serves, peaking at 129.0 mph (207.6 km/h) in 2007.
Maria Sharapova hit serve faster than her at 121 mp (194 km/h). The Siberian's serve, while exceptional, never reached the peak of those achieved by Venus and Serena Williams. With the larger of the two US legendary sisters having the fastest serve record, of the three.
We recall Sabine Lisicki, in 2014, set the record for the fastest serve in the women's field, officially recognized by the WTA. At Stanford, in the first round played against Ana IvanoviÄ, she had served a ball at 131.0 mph (210.8 km/h).
Venus and Serena Williams wrote tennis history
Serena and Venus won 121 singles tournaments, 4 mixed doubles tournaments and occupied a total of more than 300 weeks at number one in singles and eight weeks also in the doubles rankings.
After the 2002 French Open, Venus and Serena were number one and two respectively in the singles rankings. Both are part of the small group of tennis players who have won the most titles ever. Partnering in women's doubles tournaments, the Williams sisters have won 14 Grand Slam titles and on one occasion won 4 consecutively (from Wimbledon 2009 to Paris 2010), but not in the same calendar year.
There's no shortage of achievement at the Olympics either: they've captured a total of four gold medals each, including three together in women's doubles and one each in singles. Venus is also the tennis player, including men, with the most Olympic medals won, five.
Between them, they also kindled an intense rivalry. In fact, they have met 31 times, of which 9 times in a Grand Slam final. They are, therefore, the second pair who have met more times in the women's singles finals behind Chris Evert-Martina Navrátilová, who have met 14 times.