The German spent 10 hours on court en route to her first Grand Slam semifinal, the most by over two hours of any player left in the draw, and hit a tournament-leading 44 aces surpassing the 300-ace threshold for the second consecutive season.
Williams' movement is far from the best on tour but her game is so well oiled that it does not matter, her ability to control proceedings ensuring she was always perfectly placed to unleash another groundstroke. "I had a hard birth, multiple surgeries, I nearly didn't make it".
For 29-year-old Goerges, Thursday's outing was not completely a lost cause because despite the mauling, she had finally made it to a semi-final at one of the four majors - albeit on her 42nd attempt.
Her 35th Grand Slam semi quickly raced to a conclusion as Williams stepped on the gas, Goerges trying to mix things up but failing in her execution.
"It's not inevitable for me to be playing like this", Williams said. Now she's supporting me in a different role. "For me it's such a pleasure and a joy because, you know, less than a year ago, I was going through so much stuff". "I've been learning a lot from her".
In Saturday's final, Williams, 36, will compete against another German player, No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber, herself a two-time Grand Slam champion.
Williams whose daughter Olympia was delivered by an emergency caesarean section on September 1, will play in the final, two months after taking a front row seat at Meghan's wedding in Windsor.
Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles victor and seven times at Wimbledon, advanced to Saturday's Wimbledon final with a 6-2, 6-4 win over German Julia Görges on Thursday.
"Believe me, I know she wants to go out there and win. For me, I only see joy out of it", Williams said with a smile. "I think it will be just like the last final, it will be really good. Yeah, I have to be ready for the match of my life".
Ostapenko grew increasingly frustrated as she slipped a second break down and, despite hitting back to deny Kerber as she attempted to serve out for the match at 5-1, could not do enough.
As for her focus on winning No. 24? "That's kind of what I'm doing". "I want to get as many as I can, starting with". But the American discovered to be human and double faulted as Goerges played her best shots of the match to create her first break point chances. "So I'm not even there yet".