In the final game, Konta saved two match points, but at deuce she double-faulted. On the next point, Williams hit a forehand winner down the line to win and raised her arms in triumph.
Going into the tournament, many felt there were several contenders for the women’s title because Williams’s sister, Serena Williams, who tends to dominate the women’s tour, did not enter because she is pregnant. Now it could be Venus Williams who takes full advantage of her sister’s absence.
“Usually it’s her in these finals,” Venus Williams said immediately after the match in a BBC television interview, “so I’m going to represent the Williamses as best I can.”
Muguruza, the French Open champion last year, also reached the final here in 2015, when she lost to Serena Williams in straight sets. But now she may be playing her best tennis. She has lost only one set in the tournament, and that was during her upset of the…