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'It was cold and the water is a little dirty': New Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber celebrates the day after her win by jumping into the YARRA river for a swim
- Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams in the Australian Open final
- German, 28, rose to the occasion in her first ever Grand Slam final
- She has taken a dip in the Yarra River after making a bet to so if she won
- She comes from a tennis family and has been playing since age of three
- Steffi Graf is her idol and the pair have trained together in Las Vegas
- See more news on the Australian Open at www.dailymail.co.uk/ausopen
Published: 03:37 GMT, 31 January 2016 | Updated: 05:59 GMT, 31 January 2016
German tennis star, Angelique Kerber, has celebrated her Australian Open win making good on a bet and taking a dip in Melbourne's Yarra River.
The tennis star promised she would follow in 1992/3 Australian Open Champion Jim Courier's footsteps and take a swim in the river if she won the Australian Open, and has kept her word.
Kerber said she was 'trying to enjoy it (the swim) but it was really cold.'
'It was cold and the water is a little dirty.
'I was just trying to enjoy it because that was the bet and I like to bet before tournaments.
New Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber has celebrated her win by taking a swim in the Yarra River
The tennis star was plaing in her first grand-slam even when she beat Serena Williams
She had made a bet that if she did win she would swim in the river
The newly-crowned grand-slam champion took to the water just after 9am after spending the time since her win celebrating.
'I really celebrated the moment with my team and tried to enjoy every moment.'
She also told media she has had trouble sleeping since she took out the grand-slam.
She was accompanied by members of her team
She noted that the water wasn't very clean
She was joined by 'Euro Sport' commentator Matthias Stach, who had apparently lost a bet with the star.
Kerber is not the first Australian Open winner by jumping in to the city's river, in 1991 Boris Becker took a dip, and a year later Jim Courier and his coach Brad Stine took the plunge.
Angelique Kerber caused a stir when she beat Serena Williams in the first grand-slam of the year, stopping the champion player from reaching a record-breaking 22-grand-slam wins.
The tennis star didn't put her head under- her top knot as dry after her swim as it was before
Kerber isn't the first Australian Open winner to jump into the Yarra
The German was relatively unknown outside of her country before the win
The German, who was relatively unknown outside her home country before Saturday night's clash, has risen to number two in the world thanks to her spectacular win.
She is one of the most well liked players on the tour and has thousands of fans on social media, where she does not shy away from posting fun selfies.
A glance through her Twitter profile, which has more than 168,000 followers, shows her leaping in the streets of Times Square, bike-riding in Paris and scuba diving in the Maldives on the off season.
She stopped Serena Williams from reaching a record-breaking 22 grand-slam wins
Angelique Kerber (pictured) beat Serena Williams in a major upset at the Australian Open final
The German, who was relatively unknown outside her home country before Saturday night's clash, has risen to number two in the world thanks to her spectacular win
Kerber celebrated her 28th birthday on the first day of the Melbourne tournament and tweeted pictures of her posing on one of the city's beautiful bridges and getting in some practice.
Her tense match against Williams at the Rod Laver Arena was the German's first Grand Slam final.
But she has been an established top 10 resident since making it to the U.S. Open semi-finals in 2011 when she was the world 91.
Kerber then solidified her place as one of the world's best players by reaching the 2012 Wimbledon semi-finals and winning six career titles.
Her tense match against Williams at the Rod Laver Arena was the German's first Grand Slam final
She has thousands of fans on social media and often posts pictures of herself on holiday
She is one of the most well liked players on the tour and often posts fun pictures on Twitter
The left-hander was the first German woman in the final at Melbourne Park since Anke Huber in 1996 and is the first to win the tournament since Steffi Graf in 1994.
Unsurprisingly Graf is her idol and she spent time training with the record-breaking champion at her home in Las Vegas.
In an emotional post-match interview, Kerber said that in the lead-up to the tournament Graf has said she was 'hoping for me and thinking of me'.
'I think when I check my phone I will have a message from her,' she said.
'One of the things you learn from Steffi because you spend some time around her and practised with her and realised how hard she works, even in retirement, what are the little things she helped you with getting over the line in the tournaments?
Kerber celebrated her 28th birthday on the first day of the Melbourne tournament and tweeted pictures of her posing on one of the city's beautiful bridges and getting in some practice
In an emotional post-match interview, Kerber said that in the lead-up to the tournament Graf has said she was 'hoping for me and thinking of me'
'When I met her, she told me to believe in myself, I am in a good way and go for it. She knows that I really am working very hard and she told me some day, the work pays off and tonight, it is really, really like she said, all the work and yes, sweating on practice courts, it comes out and it pays off.'
Born in Bremen, Germany, she grew up in a tennis family and her father was her coach for a long time.
She has previously spoken about how she touched her first racquet when she was just three-years-old.
The tennis star is now based in in Puszczykowo, Poland, where her maternal grandparents own a tennis facility named Centrum Tenisowe Angie – named after her.
When asked about who her first phone call would be after she won, she said it would be her grandparents.
She sent some slight shockwaves around the tennis world in May 2015 when she parted ways with Benjamin Ebrahimzadeh and re-hired her old coach Torben Beltz.
Kerber has also previously revealed that so far tennis is her only love, as there hasn't been any time to have a relationship.
'My great love is tennis – that has always been so,' she has previously said.
'Tennis is the most important thing to me right now, I still have time to find a boyfriend, get married and have children, After all if there is one guy out there waiting for me, then we will find each other eventually, without forcing it.'
The left-hander was the first German woman in the final at Melbourne Park since Anke Huber in 1996 and is the first to win the tournament since Steffi Graf in 1994
Kerber has also previously revealed that so far tennis is her only love, as there hasn't been any time to have a relationship
The tennis star is now based in in Puszczykowo, Poland, where her maternal grandparents own a tennis facility named Centrum Tenisowe Angie – named after her
Home » breakingnews » At least 50 deadly swine flu cases reported in Russia
At least 50 deadly swine flu cases reported in Russia
January 26, 2016 2:59 pm
MOSCOW - At least 50 people have died of swine flu in Russia since last month, according to AFP calculations based on data from regional health authorities, as the virus seems to gain ground in the country.Health authorities in the southern region of Rostov told RIA Novosti state news agency on Monday that an additional two people had succumbed to the virus, bringing the region’s swine flu death toll to eight.
Officials in the nearby Volgograd region meanwhile have said that at least 11 people have died of swine flu.
These latest cases follow the deaths of four adults and one child from the virus in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan, and the deaths of two infected patients in Yekaterinburg in the Urals and one in the southern region of Adygea.
A first deadly case of swine flu was also reported this week in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in March 2014.