With the other quarterfinalists already set it was down to Stephens and Goerges for the last spot in the last eight, and after Stephens took a 7-5 first set it was swinging more and more Goerges' way, as the German dominated the 6-2 second set, even holding game points in the only two games she lost.
But there was one more momentum swing coming and it swung Stephens' way - the No.6-seeded American rolled through the third set in just 25 minutes for a 75 26 61 win in an hour and 45 minutes.
"Sometimes I lose a little bit of concentration here and there, but I regrouped well, and that's all that matters," Stephens said. "I just tried to stay aggressive and go for my shots, and just keep hitting out.
"I know if I play my game and stay positive, good things will happen, and they did."
Stephens was asked in her press conference about her No.17 ranking. "I think No.17 is good - I can do better, but obviously having No.17 next to my name is awesome," she said. "I can always improve that though. I'm excited to play Asia in the fall - I've never really played Asia, so I'm excited about that."
Next for Stephens is No.4 seed Caroline Wozniacki, who won her match earlier in the day to improve to 22-1 at the New Haven Open at Yale. Wozniacki beat Stephens in their only previous meeting too.
"I think she was No.1 when I played her, and I think I actually played really well in that match, though I don't remember exactly," Stephens commented. "But I do remember that in the handshake after the match she had the most perfect smile - it was like a picture perfect smile, and I saw a picture of us shaking hands on like the WTA website and I was like, 'Wow, that's what it looks like when you win?'
"That's something I'll always remember about that match."