One wanted a hug. Another thirsted for a beer. A third wept tears of joy.
Around 11pm Australian time on Sunday night, Ashleigh Barty became women’s tennis world No.1 – and was planning a celebratory brew.
Within another five-and-a-half hours in the United States, Hannah Green claimed women’s golf’s LPGA Championship – and was crying tears of happiness.
Barty, a 23-year-old, born in Ipswich, Queensland, is the first Australian woman to take the women’s tennis top ranking in nearly half a century.
“And just the team that had my back. It has all part of the process and they have all chipped in and it’s pretty cool.”