Kerber awaits reunion with trophy

BERLIN • A fortnight after winning the Australian Open final to claim her first Grand Slam tennis title, Angelique Kerber is still waiting for her trophy to arrive back in Germany.

After her shock win over Serena Williams in Melbourne, the 28-year-old did not want to carry the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup, which weighs 10 kg, in her hand luggage on her long flight back to Germany. She opted to have it sent back to Europe - except it still has not arrived.

"It's somewhere in the air in a plane or on a ship. I don't know where it is," the German told broadcaster ZDF. "I have a tracking number and I hope it will arrive back to me in the next few days."

Since returning to Europe, the world No. 2 says she has not even had time to use the tracking number to check exactly where her trophy is.

Since her Australian Open victory, she played in Germany's Fed Cup World Group first-round defeat by Switzerland last weekend, when she beat Timea Bacsinszky, before losing to teenage rising star Belinda Bencic.

Kerber should have more time on her hands this week after being forced to withdraw from the Dubai Tennis Championships with an upper thigh injury.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2016, with the headline 'Kerber awaits reunion with trophy'. Print Edition | Subscribe