Sharapova wins; denies 129 mph serve

Another technological glitch cropped up yesterday at the USA Open:

But even Sharapova had no illusions that she had served as well as the automatic serve timer said she did. At one point in her match, on a second serve, it flashed 129 miles, or 206 kilometers, an hour. That would tie a Grand Slam record set by Venus Williams, well known for her powerful serves.

“It was definitely a mistake because one, I’ve never hit 129 in my life, let alone a second serve,” Sharapova said. “Two, it definitely didn’t feel like a 129. So it was definitely wishful thinking.” IHT



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