Goerges could only find the tram lines with a forehand down the line as Williams forced the first break, and a swirling cross-court forehand proved too hard for her to return as the first set went the way of the imperious American.
"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel because I literally didn't think I'd do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said. I think everybody knows this tournament. "For me it's such a great feeling to be back in the final, playing again on Centre Court", said the German, who seems to have pulled herself together after a poor last season.
However, unforced errors were her downfall and particularly costly given Williams' unerring accuracy and solid service games.
That's not the case.
For Kerber it is a second opportunity to win Wimbledon in a final after she reached the showpiece match in 2016.
Serena Williams swept aside Julia Gorges in straight sets Thursday to book her place in the 2018 Wimbledon final.
It was clear right from the opening game of Angelique Kerber's Wimbledon semifinal how things were going to go.
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. Instead, Kerber employed spectacular defense and solid, steady play, while letting Ostapenko determine the outcome of almost every point.
Serena Williams will have royalty in the stands when she plays in the women's final at Wimbledon on Saturday.
Kerber is a former No. 1 and a two-time major champion, both coming in 2016 at the Australian Open and US Open.
Kerber has her heart set on winning a first Wimbledon title after booking a return to the final.
Ostapenko suddenly began to land some big blows, clawing back a couple of games and had a point to narrow the deficit to a single game as Kerber showed late nerves.
Five games in, Ostapenko led 3-2, and the numbers were still tilted toward her.
There were no drawn-out points in the early going, no lengthy baseline exchanges, essentially because Ostapenko wouldn't allow it.
For the second time in three years, Williams will face Angelique Kerber for the title. I lost count after, like, four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries.
Eventually, Kerber's style ruled the day.
In the first set, the experienced Kerber broke twice while the only break-point Ostapenko earned was when she was leading 3-2. Ostapenko's strokes were missing and she grew increasingly frustrated, slapping a thigh after a miss or leaning forward and putting her hands on her knees after others. A break and a consolidation gave Williams another 5-2 lead.