Ashleigh Barty's coach Craig Tyzzer admits he never ever expected his charge to win the French Open, but hailed her fighting spirit as the key to success at Roland Garros.
Barty etched her name in the record books in Paris with her 6-1, 6-3 win over unseeded Czech Marketa Vondrousova in just and hour and 10 minutes.
She became the fourth Australian after Margaret Court, Lesley Bowrey and Evonne Goologong Cawley to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in a tournament where she had never progressed past the second round in her five previous visits.
"It really wasn't in our thoughts at all,' Tyzzer said. "It was to get through it match by match, really.
"We prepare for every match the same, I think when you see who has come through the draw here, it's up to anyone.
"To go this far? Our expectations weren't that high and she's done an incredible job."
Barty will sit at No.2 when the new world rankings are released on Monday and heads to England on Sunday to catch up with her parents and prepare for the grass court season ahead of Wimbledon next month.
The 23-year-old will be one of the favourites at the All England Club and Tyzzer believes the confidence boost from the last two weeks in Paris will be huge.
But Melburnian Tyzzer insists success won't change Barty's approach to the sport.
"She has real Aussie spirit, you go out there and do your best and look your opponent in the eye and shake hands at the end of the day," he said.
"She's humble, she's hard working.
"I do think clay suits Ash's game, because she has a few skills, particularly a slice backhand and a big kick serve, that helps her on clay as well.
"We're going to play a bit of golf and do nothing at all.
"She was pretty tired after yesterday's semi-final both mentally and physically. Expectations today were a bit unknown and for her to play at that level was so good."
Her beaten opponent Vondrousova, meanwhile, paid tribute to Barty, admitting the Australian tauRead More – Source