15 July, 2018
After giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, on September 1, Williams dealt with health complications that included blood clots and led to what she said were multiple operations.
Williams duly raced to victory, delighting the packed Centre Court crowd with a display that confirms the 36-year-old is nearing her best form at the ideal moment.
"I had to have multiple surgeries, and I nearly didn't make it, to be honest, " Williams said of her post-delivery trauma. "It's just a number and I want to get as many as I can".
"Because of all the blood issues I have, It was really touch-and-go for a minute".
"Being here and having an opportunity to play is super great for me".
After hitting five aces with a serve that reached 119 miles per hour, delivering 16 winners to only seven unforced errors, and covering the court so well with speed and effort against Goerges, Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday.
Williams' showdown with Kerber is a rematch of their 2016 final, which the American won after losing to the German in that year's Australian Open decider.
"To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that this tournament".
"Mostly, the hardest part was mentally letting go of a lot of mommy things in order to fully be 100 percent into tennis", Williams said.
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"This is not inevitable for me", she said. I am inspired by her; she's a big role model.
Wimbledon is just Serena's fourth tournament since returning to the tour in March. "It's all about opening a small window and taking that chance because, once she gets going, it's lights out".
"If I could pick to play any one single player from another generation it would be Serena Williams at Wimbledon, no question", Navratilova said in her London Evening Standard newspaper column on Friday.
Meghan is a close friend of Serena Williams, while the entire Cambridge clan are devoted Federer fans with both players receiving invites to Harry and William's weddings. The German has had a much tougher run-in and I expect her to test Williams.
The 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion missed the Commonwealth Games in 2014 as she gave birth to her son Reggie.
Alyssa Roenigk is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com whose assignments have taken her to six continents and caused her to commit countless acts of recklessness. In 1973 she triumphed at the Australian, French and US Opens.
Pat Cash, the 1987 men's singles champion, said: "I think it just shows how mentally strong she is". There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox. But she made fewer errors and played smart tennis, putting the onus and pressure on the first-time semi-finalist. Wimbledon is just the fourth tournament of her comeback.
Even now, so fierce is Williams' on-court persona, she would have you believe that she was totally consumed by the prospect of winning.
Kerber, in contrast, bides her time, working the back of the court to get everything back over the net, often kneeling to get low enough to reach shots.