Ash Barty's shock confession in Wimbledon victory press conference

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Ash Barty, pictured here speaking to the media after her victory over Karolina Pliskova in the Wimbledon final.
Ash Barty speaks to the media after her victory over Karolina Pliskova in the Wimbledon final. (Photo by AELTC/JOE TOTH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Ash Barty has admitted her Wimbledon triumph was "nothing short of a miracle", revealing for the first time the full extent of her injury woes.

The World No.1 became the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980, beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 on Saturday to emulate her idol.

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But Barty has since revealed how close she was to not even playing at the All England Club after suffering a serious injury last month at the French Open.

Speaking in her post-match press conference, Australia's new champion revealed the full extent of the hip injury that she feared would derail her Wimbledon hopes.

The injury was so bad that her close team, headed by coach Craig Tyzzer, kept the gloomy news from her a month before Wimbledon that she was suffering from an injury which could keep her out until August.

"They kept a lot of cards close to their chest and didn't tell me a lot of the odds, didn't tell me a lot of the information that they'd got from other specialists," revealed Barty on Saturday.

"I think them not telling me that just proved how much we were up against the odds.

"There weren't too many radiologists in Australia who had seen my injury. In a sense, it was a two-month injury.

Ash Barty, pictured here in front of the Ladies' Singles Winner's Board after winning Wimbledon.
Ash Barty poses in front of the Ladies' Singles Winner's Board after winning Wimbledon. (Photo by AELTC/THOMAS LOVELOCK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

"Being able to play here at Wimbledon was nothing short of a miracle.

"I think now to be playing pain-free through this event was incredible.

"It's funny, sometimes the stars align - you can think positively, you can plan, and sometimes the stars do align, you can chase after your dreams.

"Certainly now chatting to them it looked a lot less likely than I felt statistically. I think it's been an incredible month."

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Ash Barty's epic Wimbledon triumph against adversity

But Barty never stopped believing in herself and always felt there would be a "silver lining" after the trying month where even she recognised that making the first round of Wimbledon would be "touch and go".

"I'm a firm believer in everything happens for a reason, the good moments and the tough moments," she said.

"I felt like I was able to get better and better with each match and trust myself more and more each and every time I stood out on the court.

"Some of my toughest moments have come at Wimbledon. Now some of my most incredible moments have come here as well.

"I think it's just an iconic venue. It's an amazing club. To be able to learn so much from this place, I think I'm a very lucky girl."

Barty will now go on to Tokyo for the Olympics before flying to New York, attempting to add a gold medal and the US Open title to the Venus Rosewater Dish.

Asked if her body would hold up to the upcoming challenges, Barty said: "I certainly have no fears about my fitness. Of course, some things will happen, that's the life of being an athlete.

"But I know that I've got the very best team around me to prepare me in a way as best as we can."

with AAP

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