Ash Barty has secured the ninth title of her professional career, but fans were stunned after receiving a “glazed roast wombat”

Ash Barty poses with her trophy after winning the Yarra Valley Classic women’s final tennis game against Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in MelbourneSource: AFP

World No. 1 Ash Barty added a ninth title to her résumé after beating Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in the final of the Yarra Valley Classic on Sunday

However, some tennis fans were most interested in the Queenslander’s “unusual” prize, the trophy with a wood carving of a wombat

After Barty’s acceptance speech, Channel 9 host Nick McArdle said, “I’m not entirely sure where this trophy will be placed, whether it’s a kitchen item like a cutting board, or whether it will end up in your trophy cabinet But it’s one of the most unusual trophies we’ve seen in the tennis world ”

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The Yarra Valley Classic trophy was designed by Wamba Wamba man Ron Murray, and Barty is a worthy recipient considering her own indigenous heritage

The Melbourne Summer Series trophies were designed by local artists, with each individual champion trophy centered on a local animal

Similarly, the six Melbourne Summer Series tournaments were named to showcase key regions of Victoria that were affected by last year’s devastating bush fires

This was created by an indigenous artist and held by the number one tennis player of the indigenous world https: // tco / gTD9RbtD3G

What Ash Barty seems to be a glazed roast wombat for her tournament victory before # AustralianOpen2021 📸AAP BildTwittercom / NfUN88q9Jv

Noise, different, unusual I was sure that it was first a roast on a plate and then a roast wombat 😳

Barty reached another level in the Yarra Valley Classic Finals to beat the ardent Spanish star 7-6 6-4

Although Barty hasn’t seen competitive tennis in over 11 months, she has regained the form that has made her a powerhouse in women’s tennis in recent years

Muguruza hadn’t even pocketed more than three games in each of the sets she played in Melbourne that week, but Barty made sure that she coughed up 40 casual mistakes

“To all Melburnians, I feel for you. It has been an exceptionally tough six, seven months and I have many friends and family here

“We’ve been through thick and thin for my team and it’s been a while between drinks for us, but I’m enjoying every second

Barty will confidently contest her first round match at the Australian Open against Danka Kovinic on Tuesday as one of the clear favorites for her first win

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