Ash Barty is number one in the world for a reason.
With her 6-3, 7-6(2) triumph Barty has become the first Australian to win their home grand slam in 44 years after beating the 27th seeded American Danielle Collins at Melbourne Park.
Calm, composed, an innate ability to force her opponents into uncomfortable situations, Barty found herself in one when she went 5-1 down in the second set after cruising to a one set advantage.
Collins played the role of villain to perfection, the American breaking Barty twice, feeding off the shocked silence of the homegrown crowd.
But Barty lived up to her ranking, breaking back on two counts to become the first Australian woman since Chris O’Neil in 1978 to win the women’s singles title.
Barty’s mentor, Evonne Goolagong Cawley was on hand to present her trophy.
It was only last year Barty became the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon since Goolagong Cawley’s triumph in 1980.
“I’m a fortunate and lucky girl to have so much love in my corner,” Barty said.
“I love you guys to death.
“As an Aussie, the most important part of this tournament is being able to share it with so many people and you guys in the crowd have been nothing short of exceptional.
“This crowd is one of the most fun I’ve played in front of.
“You forced me to play my best tennis.
“This is a dream come true and I’m so glad to be an Aussie.”
From the cusp of a third set, Barty forced the second to a tiebreak, winning 7-2 and ending 44 years of hurt.
Barty let out a massive roar in celebration, clenching her fists before hugging long-time doubles partner and West Aussie Casey Dellacqua courtside.
The 25-year-old is now three from three in grand slam finals, dancing to victory on her first finals foray at Rod Laver Arena.
And it was all set up in the first set, fending off a break point to outpoint American Danielle Collins 6-3 and take an immediate lead.
After failing to fire a shot in the first, Collins got on the front foot early, breaking Barty’s serve for only the second time this tournament.
The American went 40-15 up only for Barty to ace her way back into the game.
But Collins took the win with a smash at the net to go 2-0 up.
Collins then fought back from a break point down in the next game to hold her serve and take a 3-0 lead.
Barty held but Collins’ fed off the pro-Australian crowd, breaking again in the sixth game.
Barty double-faulted twice, a rarity as Collins took the first of two break points to take a 5-1 advantage.
But the homegrown hero hit back with a break of her own before holding to get a foothold in the set at 5-3.
Barty held and then broke again and it was game on.
The pair traded games before heading to a tiebreaker, Barty claiming a mini break to set up a history-making victory.
Barty won the toss and her first game with ease, kicking things off with an unreturnable serve.
Collins held her first service game, only the second player to do so against Barty this tournament.
But Barty’s biggest test came during the fifth game, surviving a break point to go 3-2 up.
Uncharacteristically missing a winner that gave Collins the advantage, Barty rescued the game with a baseline blow.
Barty then hit back with the first break of the match, a double fault handing her a 4-2 advantage.
The pair traded games before the world number one closed out the set with an ace.