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 woman to capture her homeland singles major since Chris O’Neil took the title in 1978.
Barty, who stormed back from 1-5 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, the cheers of the rapturous crowd in Rod Laver Arena were echoed by legends from inside and outside tennis on social media:
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
Her peers also leapt to congratulate the 25-year-old:
There is just no better tennis player at the moment than @ashbarty
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 ❤️
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) January 29, 2022
Ashhhhh!! Always happy to see that big smile when you win.
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) January 29, 2022
👏👏 Congratulations @ashbarty
Mate (am I Aussie now?😎) …what a run, I’m happy for you and your team!
— Iga Świątek (@iga_swiatek) January 29, 2022
Congrats @ashbarty so happy for you champ 🏆 ❤️ This one is very special and you really deserve it 👏👏👏👏
— Ons Jabeur (@Ons_Jabeur) January 29, 2022
— Timea Bacsinszky (@TimeaOfficial) 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….
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