By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon
- Serena Williams  v Julia Goerges 
- H2H: Williams leads 3-0
WIMBLEDON, UK – While it looks like business as usual for Serena Williams, all-change for Julia Goerges team boosts her to her first Slam semi-final.
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Serena Williams  v Julia Goerges  | H2H: Williams leads 3-0
It is hard to work out what is the most remarkable. Is it the comeback of Serena Williams, a seven-time champion here returning after the birth of her daughter and reaching the semi-fnal in just her fourth tournament back? Or is it the resurgence of Julia Goerges, who reaches a Slam semi-final for the first time in her career?
Either way the scene is set for an interesting encounter as Williams continues to impress on her comeback, and why wouldn’t she? Last time she was at SW19 she was lifting the trophy in 2016, having beaten Goerges’ compatriot Angelique Kerber. With a powerful serve and accompanying ground-strokes and soli court coverage, she has a complete game for the grass.
It has been a slower process for Goerges, who had to learn to accept the grass and all its unpredictability before she could really grasp how to make it work for her. She had success at Wimbledon before, having reached at least the third round. Then she hit a barren streak where she failed to get past the first round since 2012.
What perhaps was a surprise was that Williams admitted that she is surprising herself with each round. It has not been easy for her to admit that it will take time to regain that foothold at the top of the women’s game, and her return to any tournament is eagerly anticipated, but none more so that her spiritual home at SW19.
Goerges can bring her attacking game to the party – she can go for her shots, and that kind of fearlessness, as we saw in the quarter-finals with Camila Giorgi, can be enough on this surface to steal a march.
However as with Giorgi, any inconsistency can be punished, and grass can be very unforgiving in that way with points and games disappearing rapidly with any drop in concentration. While Williams has said she has ‘mommy-brain’ it certainly all seems to be coming back to her how to go about winning these matches. She professed to being eerily calm in her quarter-final despite being a set down (just as quick to point out that this is not the norm for her.
She has a commanding head to head over Goerges who has yet to beat Williams in three attempts. Can she make a difference on her fourth try? Unlikely. Williams is one of the best players on the tour to master the art of playing herself into form during a Grand Slam.
Prediction: Williams in three sets.
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