For many and sundry reasons, world No. 1 Serena Williams had somehow managed to miss the Premier Mandatory event in Montreal since 2000.
Granted, with the Rogers Cup rotating between Toronto and Montreal, that's technically only six absences. But still.
The 32-year-old returned Monday after winning the singles title at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif. and flew overnight across the continent before having a practice and – eventually, somewhat behind schedule – heading into the press conference room to do a pre-tournament interview.
After a few softball questions about the "European-ness" of the city and the difference between the Partisian and French-Canadian accents, suddenly she got aggravated.
When asked about the scary incident on the doubles court at Wimbledon last month, Williams had had enough.
Go to Yahoo! Sports Canada's Eh Game blog to see what transpired. It was a vintage Serena moment (not really in a good way) although one that has become more rare in this second, post-embolism phase of her career. We'll give her a mulligan because it was pretty clear she was badly in need of some sleep.
She didn't even stay long enough to show off her improving French! Sacre bleu!
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