Ashleigh Barty: I didn't quite know what to do or what to feel

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Ashleigh Barty: I didn't quite know what to do or what to feel

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty achieved her childhood dream on Saturday when she lifted an Australian Open title. Barty, 25, defeated world No. 30 Danielle Collins 6-3 7-6 (2) in the Australian Open final. “This is just a dream come true for me,” said an emotional Barty.

“I’m so proud to be an Aussie”. Just when it appeared that the match was going to three sets, Barty created a stunning comeback to book a straight-set win. Barty was 5-1 down in the second set but she recovered to win the set in a tie-break.

“Once I was 1-5 down, I just wanted to try and shift and be a little more aggressive, adjust a couple of things tactically just to get momentum if we went to a third,” Barty said. “Tennis is a funny game with the scoring system.

Things can change so quickly it feels like at times”.

It felt surreal to Barty

“It was a little bit surreal,” Barty said of that moment. “I didn’t quite know what to do or what to feel”.

Barty didn't drop a single set en route to winning the Australian Open. “As an Aussie, the most important part of this tournament has been able to share it with so many people,” Barty said. “The crowd has been nothing shy of exceptional.

This crowd is one of the most fun I’ve ever played in front of and you brought me so much joy out here today. You relaxed me and forced me to play my best tennis”. Barty now has a Grand Slam on each surface as she won the 2019 French Open and 2021 Wimbledon, respectively.

“To have a Grand Slam title on each surface is pretty amazing,” Barty admitted. “I never probably thought it would ever happen to me. So very, very lucky and very humbled and privileged”.