In contrast, Goerges is in the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time.
Having shaken off the rust following her lengthy lay-off after the complications with Olympia's birth, Serena is on the verge of a 10th Wimbledon final appearance and 30th in all four Grand Slams. She is in the semi-finals at SW19 for the first time, 33 winners tethered to 28 unforced errors evincing her delicious disregard... In a tournament where the top 10 women's players have been eliminated, Giorgi hadn't faced a seeded player since her first-round win over No. 21 Anastasija Sevastova. And that, she believes, is partly what's behind the high-profile upsets in the women's draw. "You still have to beat the players".
"Every match starts from zero", Goerges said of her semifinal matchup against Williams.
In doing so, Williams extended her unbeaten streak at Wimbledon to 19 matches and set up a semifinal meeting with 13th seed Julia Goerges of Germany, who dismissed good friend Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. In a matchup of the only two mothers remaining in the draw, she jumped into a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up the win in 62 minutes.
Neither of the matches were as straightforward as the final scoreline suggested. It was stuff of champions, simply put.
"I didn't expect it, honestly", said Goerges, who lost in the first round at the All England Club each of the past five years.
For obvious reasons, the narrative around Serena at Wimbledon has been about motherhood and her return to the tour in hunt of the record 24th Major. She had never even got to the quarter-finals of a major tournament before, let alone the semi-finals.
Whereas Rodina seemed overawed by facing Williams on Centre Court in the fourth round, such nerves were not apparent in Giorgi, who benefited from a poor line call to go a break up.
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The American then cruised through the deciding set with a single break of serve enough to ensure her place in the semi-finals. When she's calibrating properly, it all can be tough for opponents to handle. She didn't provide much perspective after the match, but insisted she was happy with her performance.
In other play, Dominika Cibulkova overcame a delay caused by a controversial decision from the umpire to advance to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Hsieh Su-wei. After that, she turned it all around breaking for 3-1 and not stopping till she converted her third with a loud roar. That was easy to believe amid the blitzkrieg of No 1 Court where she gave the impression that you could stick her in a hermetically sealed room with the world's worst cold and she would still smell blood. This was it, the moment had come and Serena has risen to meet it.
However, Williams lifted her intensity to level, before closing out the match to move a step closer to reclaiming the title she won in 2016.
Ostapenko hasn't dropped a set in her first five matches and the 12th seed said: "I'm just enjoying being here".
1 also praised the work done by her father Richard and mum Oracene in approaching her and sister Venus to tennis: 'I don't understand how they did it.
In June, she was a match away from the French Open quarterfinals before withdrawing from the tournament an hour before her anticipated match against Maria Sharapova.
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So what if she's still getting her game in gear?