Starstruck Ivanovic has her head turned
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Starstruck Ivanovic has her head turned

Ana Ivanovic, the latest poster girl of tennis, admits she is still dazzled by rubbing shoulders with David Beckham and Kiefer Sutherland.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2007 18:41 IST

Ana Ivanovic is used to plenty of attention as one of Wimbledon's star attractions, but the Serbian sixth seed admitted she was still dazzled by rubbing shoulders with David Beckham and Kiefer Sutherland.

Ivanovic advanced to her first Wimbledon quarter-final after a hard-fought 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Nadia Petrova on Tuesday.

But although the 19-year-old's combination of prodigious talent and stunning looks have made her one of the All England Club's pin-up girls, she still had her head turned when she went to a concert held at Wembley Stadium on Sunday to commemorate the life of Diana, princess of Wales.

Ivanovic was star-struck as she sat near England footballer Beckham and was desperate to get her picture taken with actor Sutherland.

"I still haven't had chance to go to the city much, but the other day I went to a concert in Wembley and it was really nice experience," she said.

"I was there for couple of hours. It was amazing. I enjoyed it a lot.

"I saw David Beckham. He was sitting quite close to us. That was exciting. And also Kiefer Sutherland. We just pass by him on the way to our box. It was exciting because I follow (the TV series) 24 closely, so it was exciting to see him.

"Yes, I was nervous. I wanted to have picture with him. But we were going different directions.

"I was like, No, I want to go, I want a picture. I have to have better reaction next time."

French Open runner-up Ivanovic will now face Nicole Vaidisova after the Czech stunned defending champion Amelie Mauresmo.

A wild forehand from Petrova handed Ivanovic a break in the second game and she raced away with the first set.

Petrova emerged after the showers with a more aggressive game-plan and broke immediately.

Ivanovic was caught cold by Petrova's resurgence and the Serbian was unable to break back as the match went to a deciding set.

When more rain sent the players off again, it was Ivanovic's turn to breathe a sigh of relief.

She steadied herself after the resumption and the third set went with serve until the ninth game when she got the crucial break.

Inevitably there was one more downpour as Ivanovic served for the match but she wasn't fazed and quickly won the two points she needed to go through.

First Published: Jul 04, 2007 18:24 IST