Venus and Serena Williams have begun their summer hard-court season swing.
Venus competed in Washington D.C. and Toronto and, along with Serena, who is also playing at the National Bank Open, both are scheduled to be in Cincinnati and New York for the US Open.
On Tuesday, Serena penned a first-person essay published in the latest issue of Vogue magazine, hinting retirement is drawing near.
For now though, keep track of everywhere the Williams sisters plan to be in the next few weeks.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion will make her Citi Open debut in Washington D.C. next month. Williams accepted a singles wild card into the event.
Williams made her 2022 debut earlier this month at Wimbledon, where she teamed up with Jamie Murray in mixed doubles and won their first match.
A 49-time winner on tour, Williams last took the court in singles a year ago in Chicago.
“I am excited to be playing the Citi Open for the first time this summer,” Williams said in a statement. “I love Washington, D.C., and returning to the nation’s capital to play in front of a community that has supported me so strongly feels like a homecoming. I am looking forward to being back on the courts and competing in DC soon.”
The Citi Open is a combined event that will showcase 32 singles and 16 doubles teams on the Hologic WTA Tour, while the men’s draw will consist of 48 singles players and 16 doubles teams.
National Bank Open
The following week, Williams will compete in Toronto. She has played there 10 previous times with her best result coming in 2014, when she finished runner-up to Agnieszka Radwanska.
In 1995, at 15 years old, Williams made her Tier I debut (the equivalent of today's WTA 1000 category) in Toronto.
With her entry into Toronto, Williams is set to play her first North American hard-court summer swing in two years. Following her return to competition during the grass-court season, Williams is scheduled to participate in the National Bank Open, the first WTA 1000 event of the summer, for the 10th time. Williams entered the tournament using her protected ranking.
Williams, a three-time champion in Toronto, last played there in 2019, where she made the final against Bianca Andreescu.
Western & Southern Open
Both Williamses are set to compete in back-to-back WTA 1000-level events this summer. After Toronto, Venus has taken a singles main-draw wild card into Cincinnati. This will be Venus' ninth appearance in Cincinnati, with her best run ending in the semifinals in 2012. She last played in 2020.
She is a two-time champion in Cincinnati (2014 and 2015), where she dropped only two sets in total during her championship runs.
This will be Williams' 10th appearance in Cincinnati.
Aug. 29 - Sept. 11
Williams will play her second major of the season at this year's final Grand Slam event in New York City.
She will attempt to win her seventh US Open title this summer, which would be a record in the Open Era (since 1968). Her first US Open title came when she was 17 years old in 1999. Her most recent US Open title came in 2014.
Williams has already garnered 23 Grand Slam singles titles, which is the Open Era record for all players.