Top-ranked tennis pro Serena Williams, a beautiful and stylish athlete who has never been shy about wearing plenty of bling during her matches, sought the help of a trainer when her stacked diamond bands were chafing the pinky finger on her right hand just before the French Open quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Instead of removing the rings, Williams decided to sacrifice comfort for style. The trainer applied ointment and tape to what Jon Wertheim of the Tennis Channel called a “bling blister,” and Williams was good to go.
Despite being down 2-0 in the third set to unranked Svetlana Kuznetsova, Williams amassed a strong comeback and is now poised to move on to the French Open semifinals for the first time since 2003. She’ll be matched up against No. 5 seed Sara Errani of Italy.
Chris Chase, a blogger for USA Today, wrote: “Even with the pre-match injury, Serena didn’t take off the ring! She kept it on and showed no ill-effects, winning the first set 6-1 and eventually prevailing in three.”
An older photo of what seems to be the same ring confirms that the jewelry at the center of our story is really a stack of four diamond bands, each one slightly different than the other in width and diamond size.
When it comes to looking fabulous on the tennis court, the world’s No. 1 female tennis player would never let a little blister get in her way. She’s often seen in huge dangling earrings, bold diamond rings, handcuff-style bracelets and stylish pendants. And, yes, the nails are always long, colorful and perfectly manicured.
When asked about her on-court accessories during a recent appearance on “The Late Show,” Williams told host David Letterman, “A girl’s gotta have her diamonds.”