An emotional Ash Barty is celebrating her dream come true after overcoming nerves to win the Wimbledon final 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3.
Barty was brought to tears as she sunk to the turf of the All England Club after finally serving out the championship against plucky Czech Karolina Pliskova.
After sweeping through the first set with breathtaking tennis the Australian world No.1 was made to fight for the title, Pliskova launching an incredible second-set comeback to win it in a tie-break. Pliskova had trailed 1-3 and then broke Barty as she served for the match for the first time.
But Barty steadied and wouldn't be denied a second time, fighting off a breakpoint with an incredible shot from deep in the backhand corner before winning the next two points to conquer her opponent once and for all.
Ash Barty breaks down in tears after clinching Wimbledon victory.
The Wimbledon crowd watched and listened in adoration as Barty did her best to process the victory in her on-court interview.
"It took me a long time to verbalise the fact that I wanted to dare to dream and say I wanted to win this incredible tournament, and being able to live out my dream right now with everyone here has made it better than I could ever imagine," Barty said on Nine's coverage.
"I didn't sleep a lot last night, I was thinking of all the what-ifs, but I think when I was coming out on this court I felt at home in a way.
"To be able to share that with everyone here and share that with my team is incredible."
In keeping with her phenomenal stretch of tennis that truly clicked in her third-round demolition of Katerina Siniakova, Barty was just about faultless in the opening set of the final.
The Queenslander won the first 14 points of the match and broke Pliskova's serve twice in the first set.
The 25-year-old dropped punctuation marks on her first-set masterclass when she pulled off an exceptional lob shot during the second game before she peeled off a sublime cross-court shot in the seventh game.
"Brilliant from Barty," said Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge of her cross-court shot.
Australian tennis great Jelena Dokic added: "Look at the angle that she gets, the whip, the racquet speed."
Woodbridge spoke glowingly of Barty's first set, saying: "You could not have asked for a better start to a final."
Dream start for Ash Barty.
Barty's brilliance continued to shine in the second set.
Up 3-1, the 2019 Roland-Garros champion again drew the praise of Woodbridge and Dokic when she coupled stellar footwork with an immaculate forehand winner to collect the first point of the fifth game.
"Barty just dancing around the court," Woodbridge said.
Dokic added: "Stunning. How good is that footwork, Small adjustment footsteps to get around that ball."
Ash Barty plays a forehand in the final against Karolina Pliskova.
But it was then that Barty began to get the wobbles.
In an emphatic reminder of her supreme caliber, world No.13 Pliskova strung together 10 points in a row to push ahead in the second set, mustering a 4-3 edge.
The former world No.1 then broke Barty as she served for the title at 6-5, forcing a tie-break to the delight of the crowd.
While the crowd was clearly on Barty's side during the early exchanges of the final, support shifted in favour of Pliskova as those in attendance craved a gripping affair.
Exactly that was set up when Pliskova eclipsed Barty 7-4 in the tie-break, prompting Woodbridge to laud her "tremendous fightback".
The final is going to a decider after Karolina Pliskova wins the tiebreaker.
"Ash Barty with an opportunity to serve for the match at 6-5 - and from that moment on Pliskova barely made an unforced error," Woodbridge said.
"Found her range on her first serve.
"I said to Ash Barty, 'If you're going to win this championship you're going to have to play at your highest level' - and she's been made to do just that."
Pliskova won the fifth point of the tie-break with a sparkling backhand, springing to her left along the baseline and shoveling an unreachable shot straight past Barty.
Karolina Pliskova battles away in the second set.
Cue another scintillating Barty surge.
After stalling in her pursuit of victory in the second set she flew to a 3-0 lead in the decider.
Perhaps the rally of the final was saved for the eighth game of the third set when Barty led Pliskova 5-2. Barty, being run ragged by a flamboyant Pliskova, returned a drop shot, played a volley, and covered a deep lob shot, before eventually losing the point to another drop shot. The rally lasted 11 shots.
"Amazing! Brilliant from both players," Woodbridge said.
Dokic added: "That is a great point. Great hustle from Barty and Pliskova with the hands at the net."
Barty's glorious victory moment eventually came in the following game, when Pliskova hit a backhand into the net.
"Her dream comes true!" Woodbridge declared.
Barty has etched her name in Australian sports folklore.
Ash Barty soaking up her sweet Wimbledon victory.
The video of Ash Barty's full courtside interview will be on GIZMOH TV on Ray's Sports News.