Almost 11 months after giving birth to her first child, Olympia, and just 14 matches and two slams into her comeback, Williams more than justified her 25th seeding, but she could not sustain her run when it mattered against a tenacious and clever opponent.
However, the day belonged to Kerber.
She remained ice cool at the end and held her nerve, providing another coaching triumph for Belgian Wim Fissette, who this time previous year oversaw the run of Jo Konta to the last four. You're such an inspiration for all of us.
"When I start this year, a goal was to be playing good in majors, in the Grand Slams, and to reach finals again".
To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that this tournament. "I think it is a completely new match", Kerber said. Just getting this far after all she has been through over the past couple of years was a considerable achievement.
However the pair will first have to wait for the conclusion of the men's semi- final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, after play was suspended late on Friday night. After another two months away, she played in the French Open in May, withdrawing in the fourth round with an injured pectoral muscle.
Williams spoke about her "wonderful friendship" with Meghan following her match Thursday, when she defeated Julia Georges in straight sets to advance to Saturday's final.
Well tuned, it was the 11th seed who broke in the first game of the match. Williams first came back by playing doubles with her older sister, Venus, for the U.S. Fed Cup team in February. That much was clear at their wedding, where guests like Victoria Beckham, Oprah, and the royals mingled together, but it was also clear on Saturday, when Markle and her sister-in-law Kate Middleton went to Wimbledon.