She steadied herself, though, and had a break point when Williams served at 4-2, but her chances were few and far between as her opponent continued to charge through a draw blown wide open by an exodus of seeds.
The women's quarter-finals took the spotlight at Wimbledon 2018 on Tuesday, and Serena Williams was the most notable name to move into the last four after she hit back from behind to defeat Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4. "I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this", Williams said. To be here. To be in the semifinals.
"I'm always striving for perfection". "But when it actually happens, it still is, like, 'Wow, this is really happening'". That's all what Serena needed to manage her following service games towards victory.
Having shaken off any rust that may have remained from her absence, Williams appears to be closing in on top form at the right time. A blistering forehand return gave her three break points in the third game, and she snatched the first with an outstanding off-balance backhand down the line. I'm doing a lot of the right things.
"Sometimes I feel, 'Man, I'm in trouble, ' she said after the match". "Honestly, I highly doubt it".
Goerges also battled back from a set down to beat Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 in the last of the women's quarterfinals.
The other semifinal is No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany vs.
Kerber, who won the Australian and US Open titles in 2016, plays former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko on Thursday for a place in Saturday's final.
Alexander Zverev crashes OUT of Wimbledon in shock defeat to Ernests Gulbis
The world No 44 from France will next meet another big server in Kevin Anderson , who overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-5 7-5. It was Zverev's second five-set match in a row and he came down with an illness on Friday.
Williams reached her 13th Wimbledon quarterfinal by beating Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-4, 6-2 on Monday, and never looked likely to join the parade of favourites who have been eliminated. Ostapenko won last year's French Open.
Ostapenko, the 12th seed, overpowered Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-4 to reach Wimbledon's final four for the first time, and without dropping a set.
This is Williams' 18th consecutive win at the Championships - she missed last year's tournament as she prepared to have her first child.
That is going to change now.
"It's speed and placement", Rodina said about what makes Williams' serve so effective. "The "1" part does, but not the '5'".
'Wow, it's pretty incredible, ' Goerges said afterwards.
She went a couple of weeks without practicing serves, and the rest did wonders.
"I messed up too much on my returns", said Giorgi, questioning her decision to stand inside the baseline to receive serve.