A buzz came over Centre Court with people seemingly trying to make sense of it all. After losing the first set, Williams was able to turn her game around and defeat Giorgi. But it was anything but easy and seemed very much in doubt until the final moments.
But, hitting her serve with more ferocity, Serena wrestled back control of the match with a crucial break in the fourth game of the second set. When she's calibrating properly, it all can be tough for opponents to handle.
Despite this, and how it looked from the outside, Williams claimed she was never in any doubt that she would emerge victorious.
"It's definitely family before tennis for me", she said to Harper's Bazaar UK. But also I've never been ranked where I am when this has happened before, so usually I'm one of those few seeds left that's still fighting and still in the tournament.
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"This is only my fourth tournament back, so I don't feel pressure". It's weird. I can't describe it.
"I'm just not afraid to miss".
After going a couple of weeks without hitting a serve, Williams has regained her ability with that stroke nicely at Wimbledon. Be a good friend and let her win'.
By that point it was obvious Giorgi was struggling to cope with Williams' jump in intensity and it did not take the tournament favorite long to strike in the third.
When Serena broke again for a 2-1 lead in the final set, the American whirled and pumped her arms.
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Giorgi appeared a bit salty - maybe that's her normal demeanor - as she shook hands with Williams at the net after the match and quickly grabbed her bag and walked off the court.
She played a powerful game throughout - averaging a 112 miles per hour first serve on the day and had six total aces and 20 winners.
But the title favourite is seven-time champion Serena Williams, seeded 25th after her lengthy maternity leave, and due to face Russian qualifier - and fellow mother - Evgeniya Rodina later on Monday.
"It's still one more match to go for both of us".
His mastery was only the beginning of things for those who spent 120 pounds (about $160) to be at Center Court and were afforded the rare treat of watching three of the greatest to ever lift a tennis racket.
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