The 40-year-old Williams lost in three sets to Frenchman Harmony Tan (WTA 115): 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (10/7) after 3 hours 10 minutes. For Williams, this was her first singles competition in about a year. The American has not played since withdrawing from the first round of Wimbledon singles last year against Belarusian Alexandra Sasnovich. I struggled straight with my ankle and hamstring.
But striking: Williams had two black spots on her right cheek during her match in London. It’s nothing new, because Williams also wore the ribbon during her doubles matches in Eastbourne. The only question is: Why? Well, according to the British newspaper times The tape relieves sinus problems for the 23-time Grand Slam winner.
“My secret is no longer a secret,” Williams told Reuters in an interview. “I have sinus issues. So playing tennis every day, and many other things in life, it’s not easy. You’ll feel a lot of pressure, congestion and pain while you’re training for Grand Slam tournaments. It’s not easy.”
Williams also regularly took warm baths and used a special nasal spray to prevent the problem.