Congratulations from all corners of the globe flooded social media after Ashleigh Barty made history with her women's singles championship at the Australian Open.
With her 6-3, 7-6(2) victory over Danielle Collins in the Saturday night final, the Queenslander became the first Australian player to capture her homeland singles major since Chris O'Neil took the title in 1978.
Barty, who stormed back from 5-1 down in the second set against American Collins, joins Serena Williams as one of only two active players to win Grand Slam events on all three surfaces.
After Barty won her third Grand Slam title and received her trophy from Australian icon Evonne Goolagong Cawley, the cheers of the rapturous crowd in Rod Laver Arena were echoed by legends from inside and outside tennis on social media:
World No. 1 Ash Barty has just become the 1st Australian to win an #AusOpen singles title since Chris O’Neil’s win in 1978.— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 29, 2022
What a special day for Australia! 🇦🇺
Congratulations, @ashbarty! #AusOpen2022 https://t.co/ENiq4eJrPb
A Grand Slam champion on three different surfaces, you are the complete player @AshBarty and I am so happy for you tonight. There’s nothing like winning at home, congratulations #AO2022 champion, it is wonderful to be here for this moment and to celebrate with Australia. 🚀— Rod Laver (@rodlaver) January 29, 2022
So happy for @ashbarty! Hard to find a more popular champion. Stepped away from game, came back stronger, and full circle magical moment to receive trophy from Evonne and share with Aussies at home Major title! 🏆🎾💚💛— Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) January 29, 2022
Her peers also leaped to congratulate the 25-year-old:
There is just no better tennis player at the moment than @ashbarty— victoria azarenka (@vika7) January 29, 2022
Most complete and focused! The way she is able to put pieces together and add a bit more to her game is absolutely admirable! What an example!
Congrats champ to you and all your team ❤️
👏👏 Congratulations @ashbarty— Iga Świątek (@iga_swiatek) January 29, 2022
Mate (am I Aussie now?😎) ...what a run, I'm happy for you and your team!
Congrats @ashbarty so happy for you champ 🏆 ❤️ This one is very special and you really deserve it 👏👏👏👏— Ons Jabeur (@Ons_Jabeur) January 29, 2022
An amazing player, and an even more amazing person! Congrats champ, couldn’t be more deserved 🏆🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/acJsbQz0Xm— Heather Watson (@HeatherWatson92) January 29, 2022
Love that reaction from @ashbarty! Congratulations champ, couldn’t be happier for you!— Shelby Rogers (@Shelby_Rogers_) January 29, 2022
That’s our number 1! 🥳🏆🤩
And naturally, her fellow Aussies gave her lots of support:
how special is this!!!!— Daria Saville (@Daria_gav) January 29, 2022
Goosebumps!! She is the complete player and more importantly an amazing person. The way she handles herself on and off the court is pure class. Congrats Legend such a deserving champion @ashbarty 💛🏆🇦🇺 https://t.co/VY9SgZ6ziD— Lizette Cabrera (@lizzycabrera97) January 29, 2022
More to come ...