Ashleigh Barty - dream Australian Open win

‘A dream come true,’ admits Ashleigh Barty as she seals Australian Open triumph

Ashleigh Barty said her Australian Open triumph was ‘a dream come true’ after beating Danielle Collins to the title.

Barty became the first Australian woman to win the title for more than 40 years following her 6-3, 7-6 win, and she did it without dropping a single set.

The occasion was obviously a partisan one on Rod Laver Arena, and Barty admitted she couldn’t help but be swept away by it all.

Speaking at the trophy presentation ceremony, Barty said: “I am a little stumped.

“I would love to thank everyone who does so much work behind the scenes – it takes a real big village to put on an event like this, this tournament has been one of my favourite experiences, so thank you so much for that.

“As an Aussie the most important part of this is being able to share it and you guys have been nothing short of exceptional.

“This crowd is one of the most fun I have ever played in front of – you relaxed me and forced me to play my best tennis! Against a champion like Danielle I had to bring that today.

“This is a dream come true to me and I am so proud to be an Aussie, so thank you so much everyone – we will see you next time!”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.