Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty won her first Grand Slam title, teaming with American CoCo Vandeweghe to win an exciting women's doubles final at the US Open in New York.
Barty and Vandeweghe saved three match points to beat second-seeded Australia Open Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 3-6 and 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (8-6) in the first final of Grand Slam female in doubles decided in a tie-break in the third set.
Barty had lost all four Grand Slam Doubles finals with fellow countryman Casey Dellacqua, fell short at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in 2013 and at the French Open last year.
But there was no denying that the 22-year-old player, Sunday, Barty and Vandeweghe prevailed after fighting against two match points in the second set and another in the decisive one.
"We've only played a handful of tournaments together this year, but we've been quite successful from the start," said Barty.
"This last fortnight has been very fun on and off the court, we have been relaxed.
"We are eager to get as deep as we could, it was really nice to be able to play a pretty clean tournament."
The triumph of Barty completes a memorable US Open for the Queenslander.
The super sports talent also reached the fourth round of singles, marking the first time that the former Wimbledon youth champion and the cricketer WBBL had reached the second week of a slam tournament.
"We did a lot of work in the last 18 months and two years to get to this point, I needed to have that rest," Barty said of his sabbatical tennis year after the 2014 US Open.
"But, at the same time, we've done everything the way we wanted to."
"Now we get the reward."
World No. 17 winnings for the fortnight totaled $ 1.16 million – $ 662,000 for singles and $ 498,000 for doubles.
Barty also won the US Open Sportsmanship Award, a gong that recognizes excellence in sportsmanship during the events leading up to the Americans and the last Grand Slam of the season.
"He is very humble," he said.
Barty is the seventh Australian to win the women's doubles title at the US Open, joining the four-time champion Margaret Court (1968, 1979, 1973, 1975), Judy Tegart-Dalton (1970-71), Wendy Turnbull (1979, 1982), Hana Mandlikova (1989), Rennae Stubbs (2001) and Samantha Stosur (2005).