On the way to his ninth final at Wimbledon Williams-senior submitted one ACE, made two double faults, made 19 winners and made just nine unforced errors. Her finals appearance in 2015 was her only time seeing the Wimbledon final previously.
Konta, who won the Miami Open, is playing the best tennis of her career, but was no match for Williams. Just before the hour, she was a set and 1-4 down with ball in hand.
The five-time champion is the oldest semifinalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994, and her last major title came at Wimbledon in 2008 before she was slowed down by Sjogren's Syndrome.
Defying long-held sports logic about the aging process that allegedly besets all athletes, Venus Williams went barreling into a Wimbledon final at age 37 on Thursday, while subjecting a Centre Court audience of 15,000 to majority disappointment. Muguruza broke for a fourth time but just when it felt as if the second set might be 6-0, Rybarikova dug in and won a hard-fought service game in which she saved two break points.
"I've never played her on grass", Konta noted, "so that will be a new challenge for me". "I have an opportunity to bank on experience having dealt with those pressures before", Williams said.
"I definitely feel like there's no reason why I would not be able to be in a position to win a title like this one day", Konta said.
"They could have really been even more boisterous". As time went on, there were questions about whether she might retire, especially after a half-dozen first-round losses at major tournaments. "It won't be a given, but I'm going to give it my all", Venus said.
With Serena absent as she awaits the birth of her first child, Venus will bid to deliver the family's 13th Wimbledon crown. Her battling quarterfinal victory over world No. 2 and second seed Simona Halep, arguably the highlight of her tournament, showcased her never-say-die attitude and mental toughness to grind out results when things aren't going smoothly. "I thought they were so fair". You couldn't take the smile off her face, though there was no pirouette like when she downed CoCo Vandeweghe in the Melbourne semifinals.
"I missed her so much before this match".
Serving at 4-4 in the first set, Williams faced the first break of the match.
"I would sum up my whole Wimbledon experience as memorable", said Konta.
Konta had chances, particularly towards the end of the first set when she opened up two break points at 4-4.
"It was a tricky match, she is a very talented player".