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I knew that Na one was a load of bollocks the moment I saw it in the thread title.

Venus and Serena have probably served 130+mph serves in practice before, just not fortunate to get it clocked. I know Serena says she can hit a serve that goes awol at 150mph, so there's potential for them to break their own records.

Someone in Serena's presser actually confirmed Sabine's 210km in Bali as legitimate and Serena's response "Oh really?".

I mean these serve speeds are nice for a novelty factor but precision is the most important aspect of a good serve obviously.

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I knew that Na one was a load of bollocks the moment I saw it in the thread title.

Venus and Serena have probably served 130+mph serves in practice before, just not fortunate to get it clocked. I know Serena says she can hit a serve that goes awol at 150mph, so there's potential for them to break their own records.

Someone in Serena's presser actually confirmed Sabine's 210km in Bali as legitimate and Serena's response "Oh really?".

I mean these serve speeds are nice for a novelty factor but precision is the most important aspect of a good serve obviously.
They didn't confirm it. They just brought it up. Must of seen the YouTube video like everyone else.

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They didn't confirm it. They just brought it up. Must of seen the YouTube video like everyone else.
That's what I meant. I was reading the interview with one eyebrow raised cause I got the impression that they were treating it like it was legitimate.

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That's what I meant. I was reading the interview with one eyebrow raised cause I got the impression that they were treating it like it was legitimate.
Has there been any word on why that serve wasn't recorded? I remember there was a lot of talk about the Bali having random serve speeds, but I don't recall any official statement on the issue.

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Rubbish. No offense but Li Na couldn't serve that fast in her dreams .
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Sprem used to be able to hit 122/3 MPH, I believe.
Sprem at Wimbledon '04 was regularly around the 118-119mph mark, so I have no doubt her fastest was 120+.
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I mean these serve speeds are nice for a novelty factor but precision is the most important aspect of a good serve obviously.
not only precision , but consistent high speed also. Some players can hit one serve 120mph+ per career , Venus can hit 115-120 mph in every match

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not only precision , but consistent high speed also. Some players can hit one serve 120mph+ per career , Venus can hit 115-120 mph in every match

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I have never seen Goerges hit a serve near 120 MPH. Never. And then suddenly she hits a 126 MPH out of nowhere? Doesn't work like that, sorry.

And Na hitting in the 120 MPH range is even more unbelievable.
Er, how many times have you seen Goerges play? Girl can really slam down the serves when she's firing, I don't doubt for a second that she spiked a 126 MPH serve.
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Wrong!
Conchita,DeSwart and Stevenson have 200 kmh serves

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malek with awful serve can serve that fast? lotsa double faults during hopman cup

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I'm always a little skeptical with these kinds of numbers. I think it can differentiate tiers of servers based on speed. But to say definitively that one server is faster than another based on this measuring method is suspect. That's true in baseball too, where these numbers are even more valued.


Its interesting that all of the top numbers are from the last few years. Equipment alone can't explain that. I think it does tell us that todays WTA player is far more fit, athletic and powerful, not just from players 20-30-40 years ago. But from players even 10 years ago.


On the ATP side, I think the speed of a Pete Samperas serve or even an Andy Roddick serve from the early 2000s would hold up today. Not so in the women's game.
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So Venus serves one at 129, but never again came within 30 of that one? Hard to believe.
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