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Wimbledon 2022: Why does Serena Williams wear black tape on her face?

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The most successful woman at Wimbledon during the 21st century will return to the All England Club as Serena Williams makes her first Grand Slam appearance in a year in one of the most anticipated early highlights of the 2022 tournament.

Williams, an eight-time singles champion, has been seeded and will be the star draw in women’s singles on the second day of the tournament, entering as a wild card with a WTA world ranking of 411 before the start of play.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, can equal Margaret Court’s all-time record by winning a 24th Grand Slam tournament.

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When Williams appeared at the Eastbourne International warm-up tournament in early June, fans noticed that the superstar was wearing a black headband. sports news explain why.

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Why does Serena Williams wear black tape on her face?

The small sections of plaster on Williams’ cheek are medical tape designed to help ease the 40-year-old’s sinus problems, according to The Times.

Williams used the tape to help her performances when she reached the doubles semi-finals at Eastbourne.

The hugely popular former world number one played alongside current world number two Ons Jabeur in the tournament.

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The pair were unable to compete in the final four because Jabeur had a knee injury, but Williams had proved highly successful in her first matches since touring her hamstring at Wimbledon 2021.

What has Serena Williams said about wearing black tape on her face?

Williams spoke with characteristic candor on the subject in an interview ahead of the busy summer 2007 Grand Slam schedule.

“My secret is out,” he told Reuters. “I suffer from sinusitis. Playing tennis or pretty much doing anything every day is not easy when you have sinusitis.

“You feel a lot of pressure, congestion and pain and training for Grand Slams like… Wimbledon and the French Open, it’s not easy.”

His advice to help with the problem included hot showers as part of measures to keep the chest and ducts around the body clear.

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She added that she uses a natural saline spray several times a day to keep her sinuses moist.

According to the CDC, nearly 12 percent of adults in the United States have been diagnosed with sinusitis, a total of nearly 29 million people.

What time is Serena Williams’ next match at Wimbledon 2022?

SW19 legend Williams takes on Harmony Tan in the third and final match on Center Court on Tuesday, June 28.

The action of the second day began with the first match of the number one seed in the world, Iga Swiatek, against Jana Fett.

The start time of Williams’ match with French world number 115 Tan will depend on how long the Swiatek clash lasts and the subsequent match between Rafael Nadal and Francisco Cerundolo.

Swiatek starts at 1:30 pm local time, so Williams could make his entrance at 5:00 pm (12:00 pm ET, 2:30 am AEST).

He’s unlikely to show up this soon, unless none of the previous matches are hotly contested, and his final main matchup should end around 9pm (4pm ET, 6am AEST).

Wimbledon can close the roof and turn on the lights if play must continue late, with a curfew of 11pm (6pm ET, 8am AEST).

The story of Serena Williams at Wimbledon

Williams has made Wimbledon her playing field throughout her career, lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish seven times. She is tied with Steffi Graf for the second most Wimbledon singles titles of her career, behind record-holder Martina Navritilova, who has nine.

The last time Williams won Wimbledon was in 2016, when she defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber in straight sets in the final.

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