Kerber gave a wry smile when asked about the prospect given her previous struggles on the Paris clay, but Belgian coach Wim Fissette believes her run to the Roland Garros quarter-finals last month and a three-set loss to eventual champion Simona Halep should provide plenty of hope for the future.
She had not faced anyone with the pedigree of the German though and was outmanoeuvred in the first set as Kerber's dogged defence forced too many errors.
"It's obviously disappointing, but I can not be disappointed, I have so much to look forward to and I am just getting started".
"I learned so many things about myself, about the things around, how to deal with this, how to make my day schedule". An eighth title was just out of reach, Angelique Kerber edging her out 6-3 6-3 on Saturday.
That was on display Saturday when she delivered a pair of down-the-line forehand passing winners to collect the last break she'd need, for a 4-2 edge in the second set.
Kerber made only five unforced errors the entire match, 19 fewer than Williams.
Ohanian released an Instagram post shortly after Williams's defeat outlining what his wife had gone through to get back to the biggest stage in tennis. "I'm the first German after Steffi to have won, that's wonderful". It was really good and I'm looking forward to continue being out here.
In a press conference later, the tennis star said her priorities have changed since her daughter was born. It's her first title and I know she's going to really enjoy it and enjoy the moment. The German, now 30 and a two-time Grand Slam champion, would prove an ideal benchmark for how far Williams had come in the past four months and how far she had to go to reclaim her world-beating form.
Williams stepped up the ferocity, nearly taking Kerber's head off with a return at one stage, but was too error prone for the German, who made her play that extra ball. She wore special compression leggings as a precaution during Wimbledon, just the fourth tournament of her comeback.
'It definitely didn't have any impact on me, ' she added.
"I was showing her some videos, "If you want to have a chance, this is the way". The 11th seed knew what it took to beat Serena in a Grand Slam showpiece after winning their 2016 Australian Open final. Kerber is now behind only Serena and Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova for career Grand Slam titles among active WTA players.
She stunned Serena in the 2016 Australian Open final to claim her maiden Grand Slam title.