Crouching in the middle of the terre battue, Barty couldn’t quite believe her accomplishment at the trophy ceremony.
“It’s a special place for Australians. Obviously Sam (Stosur) has done so well here in the past, she’s come so close before (2010 final),” mentioned Barty, moments before receiving her first Grand Slam singles trophy from seven-time Roland-Garros winner Chris Evert.
“So I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve been able to achieve. It’s been a magical two weeks.”
Vondrousova’s breakthrough Grand Slam ensures she rises to a career-high position at No.16 and the Czech teenager was quick to hail the new champion.
“Congrats Ash and your team, you gave me a lesson today, so thank you,” joked the 19-year-old. “You’re an amazing player and such a nice person, so you deserve this."
Barty, rocketing up to world No.2 on Monday, was also keen to pay tribute to her opponent.
“Marketa has had an amazing season, not just these two weeks," Barty said. "She’s only just starting her climb, I have absolutely no doubt she’s going to be in many more Grand Slam finals I’m sure.”