It's possible it wasn't until the 30-year-old German was lying face-up on the perennial rye, her racket by her side and her hands gripping at the corners of her visor, tears sliding down her cheeks, that the focus turned exclusively to Kerber - a Wimbledon champion for the first time in her career.
"I think without 2017 I couldn't win this tournament", Kerber said.
The win was Kerber's third Grand Slam title - two of which she has now won against Williams - and she also became the first German since Steffi Graf in 1996, to win the Wimbledon title.
Kerber's win is a reversal of her loss to Serena in the 2016 Wimbledon final, and denies the USA star her 24th Grand Slam trophy and eighth Wimbledon title.
"I think these two weeks have really shown me that I can compete".
Williams and Ohanian married last November 11 weeks after their daughter's birth, and Williams has spent these last many months, not only learning to be a mother and enjoying her baby girl's firsts but also battling back and returning to competition form to be ready to compete again.
With the Duchesses of Sussex and Cambridge in the Royal Box and Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton and Anna Wintour among those supporting Williams from her box, the stage seemed set for sport's most famous mother to write another remarkable chapter.
Graf's 22 Grand Slam titles spanned 12 years.
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It was Williams' 10th final at the All England Club.
Kerber defeated Williams to win the Australian Open in 2016 and then, after losing here, lifted the trophy at the US Open. "Angelique played really well".
"This is not inevitable for me", Serena Williams said according to Yahoo.
The head-to-head numbers (Williams leads 6-2) can sometimes distract from the real narrative.
"I saw the picture, but that was wrong", she said after her match. Ultimately, she collapsed on the grass court in jubilation after converting match point, caking dirt on her white dress. Daria Kasatkina brought all her weapons along, wowed the Centre Court crowd with her jumping backhands and leaping drop shots but Kerber had the patience to counter Kasatkina's finesse.
Serena Williams, after making it to the Wimbledon final almost a year after giving birth, suffered a awful defeat, falling to rival Angelique Kerber! I'm sure you will have your next Grand Slam title soon.
Meanwhile, Serena took to her own Instagram account, to reflect on her time ate The Championships this year.
Catherine, a patron of Wimbledon, is still officially on maternity leave but has made a few public appearances, including her youngest son Louis' christening, and the Queen's birthday celebrations at Trooping the Colour. She wore special compression leggings as a precaution during Wimbledon, just the fourth tournament of her comeback.