Serena Williams will take to center court today after Rafael Nadal’s match against Francisco Cerundolo in a highly anticipated return to Wimbledon. Williams’ first-round singles match sees her face French player Harmony Tan, who is currently ranked 113th in the world. Fans may notice stickers on Williams’ face today – but why is she wearing them?
Williams returned to Wimbledon this week as a wild card after a 12-month absence through injury.
During his fight at Eastbourne International, viewers were quick to wonder why Williams was wearing bandages over his face.
Playing doubles alongside Ons Jabeur last week, the pair sadly withdrew after the Tunisian suffered a right knee injury.
Today, fans will be eager to see Williams in action again at the famous Wimbledon tournament.
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In 2007, Williams said of her sinus issues, “I have sinus pain.
“Playing tennis or doing just about anything every day isn’t easy when you have sinus.
“You feel a lot of pressure, congestion and pain and you’re training for Grand Slams…it’s not easy.”
Often times, conditions like sinusitis can be painful, causing headaches, pain and tenderness around the cheeks, and even a diminished sense of smell.
Healthinmotion.org explains, “Taping therapy uses a specially designed elastic band, free of pharmacological agents, to help (1) reduce pain, (2) reduce swelling (edema); or (3) improve muscle performance.
“Overall, the tape helps reduce recovery time from acute injuries.
“The function it performs will depend on how the tape is applied to the body.”
The site lists blocked facial sinuses as a condition that benefits from recording.
What time is Serena Williams playing today?
For those wishing to witness Williams’ return to Wimbledon, the estimated start time at the time of writing is 5pm.
This is subject to change and could be later or earlier depending on the length of Rafael Nadal’s match against Francisco Cerundolo.
You can watch the match on BBC iPlayer or BBC One for free.
If Williams defeats Tan, she will face Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo or American Christina McHale.
Tormo currently ranks 32nd in the world, while McHale is 261st.