Off the back of winning the Wimbledon doubles title alongside Hsieh Su-Wei, Barbora Strycova became WTA World No.1 in the discipline and was presented with her trophy in Cincinnati.
The 33-year-old, who also reached the semifinals of the singles event at the All England Club, has enjoyed a golden summer, and though she was eliminated from qualifying by Rebecca Peterson had the consolation of a glittering new piece of silverware to adorn her trophy cabinet.
She officially climbed to the summit of the standings on July 15, having won her first major title without the loss of a set.
Speaking to WTA Insider after the tournament, she explained what her ascent to the top of the game meant to her.
“It means everything I dreamed off,” she said. “It means something that I really couldn't imagine, but in the back of my head I was dreaming about, and when I was getting older I felt like it could happen. And it just happened!
“I am extremely proud of myself and proud of the team I have behind my back. And it's something really special.
“It means that the work I put in, it's paid off. But the feeling of becoming number one is something that - it's amazing that I can be do my job so well Especially that it happened at Wimbledon, my favorite place, that means everything.”
The Czech’s run at Wimbledon also meant that she has jumped to WTA World No.31 in the singles charts, though at her peak in 2017 she climbed as high as No.16.
Nevertheless, it is in doubles that she has attained her greatest success thanks to her triumph at The Championships.