Samantha Stosur collected one of those big cardboard checks and a sparkling crystal trophy for her victory at the Family Circle Cup on Sunday.
But the symbol most emblematic of the quickest beatdown in Family Circle Cup finals history was the mangled racquet of the conquered Vera Zvonareva.
Zvonareva had lost 39 of the first 46 points, and double-faulted for the third time, when she smashed her racket three times on the green clay of Stadium Court, then kicked the twisted remains of the offending weapon against her equipment bag.
The frustration of the 25-year-old Russian star, a 10-time winner on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, was entirely understandable. Stosur's rampage through a 6-0, 6-3 rout, accomplished in just 52 minutes, was truly remarkable.
Even after a postmatch interview with the winner, ESPN2 was left scrambling for videotape of last year's final to fill its airtime.
"She played unbelievable," Zvonareva graciously told the crowd of 7,610. "She deserved to win today."
Stosur's second career victory -- she won her first title last year in Osaka, Japan -- means the 26-year-old Australian's career is taking off faster than the Blue Angels fighter jets soaring over Daniel Island this weekend.
Born in Brisbane, Stosur took up tennis at age eight, started playing pro events at 14 and broke into the top 100 in 2004. She's won much of her $4.8 million in career earnings in doubles, but in the last two years has rocketed toward the top 10 in singles, reaching No. 10 in March.
The Family Circle Cup victory, worth $107,000 in first-place money, could propel the 11th-ranked Stosur back into the top 10. The well-muscled Aussie, known as "Samoid" to friends, is owner of one of the fastest serves on Tour and should be a force to be reckoned with heading to Europe and the French Open.
"Obviously, she improved so much in the last few years," said Daniela Hantuchova, who lost to Stosur in the semifinals. "She's very powerful. She almost plays like a man, in a very good way, plays with a lot of spin, and the serve is huge.
"I mean she was serving slice serves 118, which I think you don't see on the men's tour too often, so she's got a great game. She's a very strong girl, and yeah, she works hard for it, so she definitely deserves to be there."
There was little Zvonareva, now a two-time runner-up at the Family Circle Cup, could have done against Stosur, who could not miss while winning the first set in 18 minutes. Stosur won 24 of the first 29 points.
How unique is such a day, even for a pro?
"You know, you have a handful of matches where everything you hit is a good shot or winner and you just kind of can't miss," Stosur said.
"I guess they're the days that everyone talks about you're in the zone or whatever; you just do it. And it's just a great feeling, and you wish that you could do that every day. But it's not that easy, so to be able to do it in a final is all that more pleasing."
Zvonareva's fit of pique, when she was down 0-3, 15-40 in the second set, got the crowd on her side. Even the Aussies yelling for Stosur offered Vera a sympathetic cheer.
"You gotta try to change something up," said Zvonereva, who lost in the 2008 Family Circle Cup final to Serena Williams.
"Maybe just change even emotionally, try to relax more and enjoy the game. Just maybe break a racquet, forget about what was happening for the past half hour and start all over again."
That attitude and a few lobs helped Zvonereva pull to within 4-3, but the outcome was never in doubt. Stosur rushed in for a putaway to break Zvonerena for 5-3, then won the match by -- what else? -- ripping a forehand winner, her 36th winner in just 52 minutes.
"She played really well," Zvonareva said. "But I also let her play really well ... I made a few unforced errors, and then I stayed to passive. I didn't put her in trouble enough."
Stosur planned to celebrate her victory by throwing a few shrimp on the barbie at the downtown Charleston home of friends.
"Quite often when you win a tournament or do well, you can't celebrate at all," Stosur said. "It's straight off the plane and off you go. So I'm going to stay tonight and actually enjoy this one."