But Kerber had no intention of being a footnote in Wimbledon history and she saw off five-time champion Venus in 71 minutes on Centre Court to reach her first All England Club title match.
Entering the semifinal, Williams had a chance to set up a final against her younger sister Serena, who beat Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-0 earlier in the day.
So the Saturday final is between Kerber and Serena, with Kerber chasing a second Grand slam title while Serena is chasing her 22nd title, which will take her alongside Graf.
"I mean, I think for anyone else in this whole planet, it would be a wonderful accomplishment", Serena said about reaching her third Grand Slam final of the year. I think Angie is ready for this final.
Mouratoglou told Newsweek, "There is big pressure, and if we say there's no pressure, it's a lie".
Kerber, yet to drop a set in the tournament, added on BBC One: "I think right now I have a lot of experience from my last few years on tour and I'm enjoying my tennis".
"It's a little bit different than in Australia because that was my first grand slam final".
After denying the Williams sisters a fairytale Wimbledon final match-up, Angelique Kerber will now attempt to again prevent Serena Williams from winning the grand slam title she is desperate for. A staggering performance as Williams only lost three points on her serve in all the match.
Adamant that Graf's Open-era record of 22 singles majors was never her goal, Williams refuses to discuss a number she has failed to equal - when heavily favoured to - three times. Angie won against her in Australia so she can go in there with her head high and try to play the same as Australia, play very intense and play long rallies with her.
Serena had Vesnina looking defeated after all of 12 points.
Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation returns to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their women's singles match on day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday, July 5, 2016.
'I don't deserve to be paid less because of my sex, ' said Williams, 34.
Set Betting: Williams 2-1 $3.25 - Both are in sensational form and both will be going into this one thinking they can win it. Williams won 28 of 31 points she served, including the last 17. "For me it's obviously holding the trophy and winning which would make it a better accomplishment for me".
"I think right now I'm a little bit more relaxed than there".
There would be plenty more of that sort of body language from Vesnina, a two-time Wimbledon runner-up in doubles who later Thursday went out in the quarterfinals of that event and lost to Serena a second time.
"I was trying to (move) her, as well", Kerber said.
On that occasion, three-times Roland Garros champion Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling probably felt she had hardly warmed up before she found herself walking off the court after suffering the quickest ever semi-final defeat at the All England Club. "I feel really confident and I feel really good".
Venus Williams explained to the media regarding her real health condition and how Sjögren's Syndrome affected her professional tennis career.