LONDON, Great Britain - Seven-time champion Serena Williams is back into the second week of Wimbledon for the 15th time in her career after powering past Julia Goerges in straight sets.
Goerges came into the match seeking revenge after last year’s semifinal clash, which saw Serena comfortably ease past the big-serving German in straight sets en route to the final.
But she came up empty-handed once again against a Serena at her vintage best, who triumphed 6-3, 6-4. With the win Serena extends her dominance over Goerges to five wins in five meetings - winning all 10 sets the pair have contested.
“I just need to keep it up,” Serena told press after the match. “Each match for me really counts. I haven't had a tremendous amount. Literally each match counts for me. It's just keep going, doing what I'm doing in practice hopefully.”
Serena had Goerges under pressure from the start of the match, leaning in on the returns and firing back with interest. The German had to dig herself out of a 0-40 hole in her first service game as Serena pounced on every short ball - but she couldn’t hold off Serena a second time a few games later, and a double fault helped the American surge ahead to a 4-2 lead.
In contrast to her scrappy second-round win over youngster Kaja Juvan, Serena was looking sharp and covering the court with ease against Goerges. The lone break of serve proved to be decisive, and Serena took the opening set with confidence.
The second set unfolded much like the first, with nine of the ten games contested going comfortably to the server. Serena and Goerges were toe to toe for much of the set, but in the end it was the German who blinked first - Serena took advantage of a brief letdown from Georges to go up 3-2, and held her lead to seal the match in an hour and 13 minutes.
“I think I play pretty good when I'm calm, but also super intense, just finding the balance in between there,” Serena explained. “So it's a hard balance to find because sometimes when I'm too calm, I don't have enough energy. Still trying to find that balance.”
Up next in the fourth round, Serena will take on No.30 seed Carla Suarez Navarro for a spot in the quarterfinals. The Spaniard knocked out Lauren Davis - who stunned defending champion Angelique Kerber in the second round - to advance in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.