Venus and Serena Williams moment sends tennis fans into frenzy

Serena Williams (pictured left) arrives at the Citi Open practice court and (pictured right) Venus Williams training on court.
Tennis royalty Serena Williams (pictured left) surprised fans after making an appearance at the Citi Open to train with her sister Venus Williams (pictured right) to delight fans. (Images: Twitter)

Venus and Serena Williams surprised the tennis world when the duo garnered a packed crowd at the Citi Open after a surprise practice session at the tournament.

Williams, who is not playing at the Washington DC event, arrived early in the morning and was greeted by a huge crowd gathering after word got out the 23-time grand slam champ had made an appearance.

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While unexpected, since Serena isn't making her return until the National Bank Open in Toronto, fans were greeted with another teat as Venus took to the court with her sister.

Venus is making her comeback in singles competition at the Washington DC tournament.

The 42-year-old hasn't played a singles match since she lost to Hsieh Su-Wei in the first round at the Chicago Women's Open nearly 12 months ago.

However, like so many times in the past, the sisters didn't hold back in a strenuous practice session as both ramp up their preparation ahead of the US Open.

Tennis fans flocked to the practice court to catch a rare glimpse of tennis royalty in full swing.

And fans around the world marvelled at the sight of both Venus and Serena training together in an unexpected delight.

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Venus is set to take on Canadian Rebecca Marino in her first round match at the Citi Open on Tuesday.

Speculation has been rife that Venus is on the verge of retirement, but as well as taking part in Washington, Canadian Open officials announced that the seven-time grand slam champion will return in Toronto.

The 42-year-old will compete in Toronto for the first time since 2019 and return to WTA Tour singles play for the first time since August last year.

Her younger sister, Serena, is also making a push for a record breaking 24th grand slam title at the US Open after announcing a packed schedule.

Serena will play in Toronto and also take part in the Cincinnati Open the following week.

It will be the first time since 2015 that Serena will play both events - a clear sign that she'll be playing at the US Open at the end of August.

Serena Williams (pictured) waves to the crowd after her defeat at Wimbledon.
Serena Williams (pictured) was knocked out in the first round of Wimbledon after nearly a year away from tennis competition. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Serena will have a week's rest before participating in the US Open, where she last competed in 2020 when she reached the semi-final.

Serena is still one grand slam title away from equalling Margaret Court's all-time women's record of 24.

She made it clear at Wimbledon she still aims to achieve this record having returned to the WTA Tour.

However she hasn't won a major since claiming her 23rd at the Australian Open in 2017.

Since then she's played in four grand slam finals but finished runner-up in every one.

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