Williams wows 'em with French at the Rogers Cup

Serena Williams at the Rogers Cup on August 6, 2014. (BEN PELOSSE/LE JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL/QMI AGENCY)

Serena Williams at the Rogers Cup on August 6, 2014. (BEN PELOSSE/LE JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL/QMI AGENCY)

BRIAN DALY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:15 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Serena Williams won Montrealers' hearts with a simple "merci beaucoup."

That's all the defending Rogers Cup champion had to say to draw a deafening roar from 10,000 fans at Uniprix Stadium following her 6-0, 6-2 demolition of Australian Samantha Stosur.

If the 17-time Grand Slam singles champion had the crowd wrapped around her finger within the first two words, they were at her feet when she held up a souvenir ball at centre court, urging another cheer before rocketing the green sphere into the stands.

Not bad for her first match in Montreal since 2000.

"I want to win another Grand Slam and it was very important for me to play well today," Williams continued in French.

"My concentration was at its maximum and I'm very happy to play here in Montreal after 14 years," she added, eliciting another round of cheers and applause.


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