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Aussie golden girl Ash Barty has revealed a stunning truth about her Wimbledon victory and pinpointed the exact moment in this year's Australian Open final when she knew she would bounce back after getting into trouble.
The now-retired tennis star also revealed she 'may' be getting married to fiance Garry Kissick this year, and coyly answered 'maybe' when asked if she'd bought her dress yet.
Barty recently returned to Australia after playing in the Icons Golf Series in the US, where she managed an impressive singles win over former NFL star Andrew Whitworth.
She's played in a few charity golf tournaments, written some children's books and enjoyed simply being at home since retiring in March this year after winning the French and Australian Opens, and Wimbledon.
Ash Barty has said it was always a dream to win Wimbledon
Asked on the Today show which grand slam victory was her favourite - the Australian Open or Wimbledon - Barty gave an answer that will shock Aussie tennis fans.
'You can't do that to me, it is like asking what is your favourite dog or child!' she laughed.
'I feel like I'm going to break some Aussies hearts here, but Wimbledon was the one that I've always wanted the most.
'I cried after Wimbledon, which I never thought I would cry on a tennis court, and I screamed at the Australian Open like I've never screamed before; so completely two different emotions ... it's hard to separate, though.'
Ash Barty reacts after winning the 2021 Wimbledon final over Karolina Pliskova
Her thrilling three-set win in the 2021 Wimbledon final over Karolina Pliskova was one for the ages, repeating an act her idol, ellow proud Indigenous woman Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, had done 31 years prior.
No Australian will ever forget watching her win the Australian Open title earlier this year, though - it will go down as one of our proudest moments alongside Cathy Freeman's win at the 2000 Olympics and taking out the America's Cup in 1983.
A tearful Ash Barty holds the Australlian Open trophy aloft in January this year. Good as it was, she's now admitted it wasn't the grand slam she wanted to win the most
Barty was unusually full of passion and emotion after winning the Australian Open
Barty won the first set to American Danielle Collins 6-3, but was 1-5 down in the second set