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Was That The Greatest 10 Hours In Aussie Sports History?

A golf major winner. A tennis world number one. A surfing world number one.

It really is impossible to overstate the incredible sporting feats of Aussie women overnight.

The Matildas may have dropped out of the FIFA World Cup on Sunday morning, but we didn't have to wait long to find the cure to our disappointment.

Just for a little thought exercise; imagine if Jason Day won a golf major,  Nick Kyrgios rose to world number one in tennis, and Mick Fanning conquered not just sharks but every surfer in the world, all in the space of a few hours.

They'd be declaring it the greatest sporting night in Aussie history.

Well this was pretty much the equivalent of that, and it all happened within 10 hours. Here's how an incredible night played out:

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Sunday 10pm: Sally Fitz becomes new world NUMBER ONE
Aussie Aussie Aussie. Oi! oi! Oi! Oi. (Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL via Getty Images)

When Fitzgibbons beat Carissa Moore in the final of the Rio Pro in Brazil overnight, she rocketed up to the top of the World Surf League rankings.

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Sally Fitz is 28, and has never won the World Surf League crown. She's finished second before, and has never been far behind the best. But one surfer -- usually fellow Aussie Steph Gilmore -- has always been ahead of her.

And now?

After three other podium finishes in 2019, Fitzgibbons now leads the standings, and the title dream dream is well and truly in her hands. Interestingly, she told Network 10's Wednesday night sports program Sports Tonight recently she still believes she can win it. We believe her.

Sunday 11:30pm: Ash Barty Becomes New World Number One

When Ash Barty beat her German doubles partner Julia Goerges 6-3 7-5 in the final of the Birmingham Classic, she won a trophy, a six-figure cheque and an even bigger prize -- the world number one crown.

Fact: Black nails make you play better. Source: Getty Images.

Not bad for a woman who was ranked 600-and-something three years ago and who was deciding between tennis and cricket.

MONDAY 8AM: Hannah Is Queen Of The Greens

Hannah who?

Don't worry, a fair few Aussies feel that way, but it's time you got to know Hannah Green -- this 22-year-old from Perth just became the first Aussie woman to win a golf major since Karrie Webb in 2006.

(Photo by Hailey Garrett/PGA of America via Getty images

Green won the Women's PGA Championship by just one stroke, holding her nerve brilliantly to get up-and-down out of the greenside bunker on the 18th hole.

You can watch the highlights of her round here, including her shortish but very missable winning putt.

Thanks, ladies. You rule.