Romanian Simona Halep is the fastest female tennis player on the planet, according to data from Tennis Australia’s Game Insight Group (GIG). The Romanian hit a top speed of 23.04 km/h when sprinting more than three meters.
Using data collected over the last three years, GIG tracked the movement of players over a distance of three meters or more at the Australian Open, reports Tennismash.com.
Spanish tennis player Carla Suarez Navarro ranked second with a top speed of 22.48 km/h, followed by Slovak Dominika Cibulkova with 21.98 km/h, Polish Agnieszka Radwanska and Canadian Eugenie Bouchard with 21.82 km/h.
The top ten was completed by Croatian-Australian Ajla Tomljanovic with a top speed of 21.69 km/h, world number 1 Angelique Kerber with 21.46 km/h, Spanish Garbine Muguruza – 21.32 km/h, Serbian Ana Ivanovic – 20.9 km/h, and German Julia Goerges – 20.75 km/h.
Other female tennis players included in the ranking were Russian Maria Sharapova (20.61 km/h), American Serena Williams (20.52 km/h), and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka (19.54 km/h).
However, when it comes to the players’ average top speed, Simona Halep no longer ranks first. Angelique Kerber had the highest average top speed, of 14.27 km/h, while Romania’s Halep had an average speed of 13.69 km/h.
On the men’s side, Serbian Novak Djokovic is the fastest tennis player in the world, with a top speed of 36.02 km/h, followed by Scot Andy Murray with 34.87 km/h, and Australian Lleyton Hewitt with 31.24 km/h.
By comparison, Usain Bolt, nicknamed the fastest human ever timed, has a top speed of 44.7 km/h, while the fastest land animal, the cheetah, can reach 120 km/h.
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