October 3, 2022

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

Williams, an eight-time singles champion, was seeded and will be the star of the women’s singles on day two of the tournament, entering as a wild card with a WTA world ranking of 411 heading into the match.

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

When Williams appeared at the Eastbourne International warm-up tournament earlier in June, fans noticed the superstar was wearing black duct tape over his face. 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 relieve the 40-year-old’s sinus problems, according to the Times.

Williams wore 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 at the tournament.

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The pair were unable to make the last four because Jabeur suffered a knee injury, but Williams proved hugely successful in her first matches since tearing her hamstring at Wimbledon 2021 .

What did Serena Williams say about wearing black duct tape on her face?

Williams spoke with characteristic openness to the issue in an interview ahead of the busy summer Grand Slam schedule in 2007.

“My secret is out,” she told Reuters. “I suffer from sinus. Playing tennis or just about anything every day is not easy when you have sinus.

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

His advice to help solve the problem included hot showers as part of measures to keep the chest and the passages 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% of adults in the United States have been diagnosed with sinusitis, or a total of nearly 29 million people.

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

SW19 legend Williams will take on Harmony Tan in the third and final match on center court on Tuesday, June 28.

Day two action began with the opener of first seed and world number one Iga Swiatek against Jana Fett.

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

Swiatek starts at 1:30 p.m. local time, so Williams could enter as early as 5 p.m. (12 p.m. ET, 2:30 a.m. AEST).

She’s unlikely to show up this early unless no previous match has been closely contested, and her final showdown should be over around 9 p.m. (4 p.m. ET, 6 a.m. AEST).

Wimbledon can close the roof and turn on the lights if play is to continue late, with an 11 p.m. curfew (6 p.m. ET, 8 a.m. AEST).

The story of Serena Williams at Wimbledon

Williams has made Wimbledon her playground throughout her career, hoisting 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 beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber in straight sets in the final.