Williams was in and out of Centre Court in an hour, her 6-2 6-2 victory unremarkable save for the 118mph serve that made a lampost of her opponent.
"If we look back to the other Grand Slams in the last one or two years, we've always got surprises", said Germany's Julia Görges when asked about it. Görges' first five Wimbledon campaigns ended in the first round, but this year the 29-year-old reached the quarterfinals with a straight set victory against Donna Vekic.
The seven-time champion, who missed the tournament a year ago as she was pregnant with daughter Olympia, was outplayed by Italian Camila Giorgi in the first set.
Williams was in danger of a stunning quarter-final exit after world number 52 Giorgi became the first player in this year's tournament to take a set off the former world number one.
"I don't know what I did", Williams told the BBC after the match. Coming into the tournament seeded 25, Williams has returned to form in spectacular fashion.
But with the top 10 seeds having all been knocked out, Williams is hot favourite to be crowned champion yet again on Saturday. But the 36-year-old Williams, back at Wimbledon after missing last year when she was pregnant with her first child, dug in, upped her game and reeled Giorgi in.More news: Raptors 'Generate Buzz' As Possible Trade Spot For Kawhi Leonard
Williams said: "I felt good to get through it because it was a tough match".
Here's the reason Williams has emerged as a favorite: She has seven Wimbledon titles, while the rest of the field has zero.
"I said, 'All right, ' " said Williams, who hadn't dropped a set the entire tournament before Tuesday. A rules controversy blighted her fourth-round win over Hsieh Su-wei, but if she can put that out of her mind then it could be third time lucky at the last-eight stage for Johanna Konta's second-round conqueror. Serena Williams' fourth round victim, Evgeniya Rodina, is also a parent, who, by the sound of it, experiences motherhood in a rather more conventional, mundane way, for which she is doubtless grateful. That prediction has held true so far, as the holder of 23 Grand Slam titles chases her eighth Wimbledon Tray, in her quest of another trophy for the record books. "You can be a mom, you can still play tennis and you can still be great".
There was a controlled fury about Williams's play, and when she conjured an off-balance backhand victor to break in the third game of the decider, the outcome was inevitable. Giorgi won 84 percent of points on her first serve and nabbed three aces.
"We both played on a really high level".
It did not even matter that her fellow seeds would avoid her in the draw, given their exodus but it was the unseeded Giorgi that presented her biggest challenge to date.