TENNIS superstar Serena Williams made a perfect return to the sport following a 12-month break – and she’ll get the chance to flaunt her skills at Wimbledon NEXT WEEK.
The American idol partnered up with All English Lawn history maker Ons Jabeur to beat Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova in a Wimbledon warm-up encounter this week.
And Serena helped guide her team to a semi-final spot at the Eastbourne International having defeated Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-ching, before her partner was forced to pull out with a knee injury.
But Williams’ performances wasn’t the only thing fans noticed as the tennis veteran stepped onto the court with a slightly different look to her this time round.
Why does Serena Williams wear tape on her face during matches?
Eagle-eyed fans spotted Williams wearing black plasters or medical tape on her face.
Some supporters had no clue as to what the reason behind this mysterious tape was.
Whilst reports suggest that the American icon suffers from sinus problems and wearing them relieves pressure.
Which is a medical issue Serena did confirm back in 2007.
What did Serena Williams say?
In 2007, Serena addressed reporters to launch a campaign for sinus medications and to help share the awareness around it.
The legendary tennis star said: “My secret’s out. I’m a sinus sufferer. Playing tennis or pretty much doing anything every day is not easy when you have sinuses.”
“You feel a lot of pressure, congestion and pain and training from Grand Slams such the ones coming up like Wimbledon and the French Open, it’s not easy.
“It’s not easy to play when you have all this pressure. The last thing I want to do is go out on a tennis court and play (sister) Venus and be tired. That’s not fun at all, especially against her, she’s so tough .”
When is Wimbledon 2022?
Wimbledon will get underway on Monday, June 27 and conclude on Sunday, July 10.
The 135th legendary tournament will take up its usual location of the famous All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London.
Novak Djokovic eventually cruised to a four-setter final win against Matteo Berrettini last summer whilst Ash Barty got the better of Karolina Pliskova in the women’s singles final.