Venus denied fastest serve

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Her 209km-per-hour serve will not be recognised due to absence of IDS radar guns in the tournament

Venus WilliamsPhoto: ap
Venus WilliamsPhoto: ap

Venus Williams was denied a chance to better her world record for fastest serve in women’s tennis in absence of proper measuring technology at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

Williams blasted a 209km-per-hour serve during Thursday’s 6-3 6-7 (4) 6-3 win over Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard in the quarter-final match.

The WTA uses IDS radar guns to measure service speeds but they are not deployed in Tokyo, the governing body said.

It meant that the 33-year-old American’s serve of 207.6 km per hour, hit during the 2007 U.S. Open, stands as the fastest serve in women’s tennis till date.

“I saw that but I was like: ‘Is that real?’ So I don’t know if that’s real,” Williams told the WTA in an interview. “I know I’ve been serving a lot harder this tournament than since I’ve come back from my back injury.Reuters

I couldn’t really serve that hard at the US Open and this summer. It feels good but I don’t know if it was that hard. I hope it was... that’s insane, it’s awesome.



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