Despite this, and how it looked from the outside, Williams claimed she was never in any doubt that she would emerge victorious.
Serena Williams, 51? Eh, it doesn't have that same ring to it.
After a series of upsets in the women's singles tournament at Wimbledon, all of the top-10 seeds from the women's draw have been eliminated.
In the last men's quarterfinal, which was suspended because of darkness after the third set Monday night, 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro defeated Gilles Simon of France, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-6 (7-5).
Such was Goerges' surprise, she even apologised to clay-court specialist and good friend Bertens at the net during their lengthy embrace for ending the 20th seed's own remarkable run to the last eight.
But the 36-year-old shared over the weekend that despite a strict schedule to be as present as possible for her daughter, she still managed to miss out on baby Alexis's first steps while getting in some training for Wimbledon. "I do follow women's tennis", she said pointedly.
Serena Williams is rightfully, shamelessly confident, which she not only exudes but will also vocalize if asked.
On Wednesday, the 29-year-old will be playing in his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2013, when he went on to lose to Novak Djokovic in an epic semi-final.
She figured out Giorgi's strong serve, avoided any break points and had just four unforced errors.
Rodina left the court for a few minutes at the end of the first set but when she returned Williams continued her domination with an early break in the second.
Goerges had suffered five successive opening round defeats at the All England Club before this year.
An excellent return put her in position to gain two break points, but Giorgi let the opportunity slip by hitting a backhand long, and she paid the price as Williams held and then broke for the first time in the match, finding the angle with a rasping forehand.
"But I'm just very glad the way I handled everything today because it wasn't an easy match at all".
Williams hit six of her seven aces in the final set, including one clocked at 122 miles per hour, and won 44 of the last 54 points she served. The two met last month in the second round at the French Open, with Williams winning in straight sets. But despite how close she is to another title and the record books, Williams is insistent that she doesn't need to win here in order to feel like her comeback has gotten off to a successful start. "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it".
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