Serena Williams looked shaky Monday at the French Open only after her match, when she tried to speak French to the crowd. "I get so nervous," she told the interviewer with a giggle in English when she was done. Otherwise, the top-ranked Williams advanced smoothly to the quarterfinals, beating Shahar Peer 6-2, 6-2.
Williams complained of dizziness from a cold following a seesaw three-set win in her previous match, but the only wobble against the No. 18-seeded Peer came at the start. Williams lost the first seven points, then swept nine in a row. From 2-all, Williams won five consecutive games to take charge of the match. Williams hit six aces, broke six times and won in just over an hour.
"This year my game is better, I hope I am going to win. I live here, I love Paris, it's a wonderful city," the 2002 champion told a stunned crowd as she responded to a courtside interview in French. She returned to her native language: "I'm very happy (Henin) is playing again. I would love to play her here, she's a great champion, I hope to do good." Serena is bidding for her 13th Grand Slam championship, and her second this year. Her lone French Open title came in 2002.