No Australians to cheer? Try ‘Aussie Ana’

Updated 19 January 2013
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No Australians to cheer? Try ‘Aussie Ana’

MELBOURNE: Faced with a dwindling number of local stars, Australian fans are turning to imported players — with “Aussie Ana” Ivanovic the latest adopted heroine. Ivanovic, a former world number one and sometime friend of Australian golfer Adam Scott, also has an uncle living in Mentone, a suburb of Melbourne.
With no home-grown women left in the Australian Open’s third round, Ivanovic was asked if she’d like to stand in as an honorary Aussie. “Thank you for the offer. I’d be happy. I think people here are so lovely so I love coming here,” Ivanovic said. “It’s my favorite Grand Slam. I’m so happy it’s the beginning of the year so I can come even earlier.” Ivanovic follows in the tradition of “Aussie Kim” Clijsters, who was taken to Australian hearts during her relationship with Lleyton Hewitt and remained feted by the Melbourne crowds until her retirement last year.
After the departures of Hewitt and Sam Stosur, the only Australian left standing is the controversial Bernard Tomic, whose brash manner and run-ins with the police have not endeared him to all sections of the public.


Once again! Ahlam latest appearance on The Voice draws attention

Updated 29 min 5 sec ago
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Once again! Ahlam latest appearance on The Voice draws attention

CAIRO: Once again, Ahlam’s latest appearance on The Voice has left the prorgam’s fans divided on social media.
All eyes were on the Emirati star whom, as usual, sparked controversy with her latest haircut and outfit during Saturday’s night show.
Surprisingly, Ahlam Al-Shamsi applied blue ombre tips to the end of her short, wavy black hair styled by Lebanese hairdresser Tony Sawaya. She also wore a black henna tattoo on her forehead and chin in what fans saw as a bold move.
Her causal outfit was by French fashion house Balmain, made of an embroidered black shirt with a long white cardigan on top.
“What do you think of my look tonight?” the singer wrote on Instagram to see her fans’ reactions.
“It’s different, I know,” she added.
Some fans accepted her appearance, commending how elegant and fashionable the icon looked.
Others wrote to her saying she looked better in simple appearance, with some writing harsh, anti-tattoo comments on her page.