If tennis beauty Ana Ivanovic really is dating Bayern Munich footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger, as has been suggested for quite some time now, she has certainly managed to get the potentially-awkward meeting of the friends stage done and dusted in a great way.
The sporting couple who have never quite gone official, despite a number of cosy public appearances, attract a lot of media attention, especially in Germany, and this latest bash has fueled dating rumours even further.
On a weekend where Cristiano Ronaldo received stick for having a birthday-doo, Ivanovic threw a Western-themed party at Munich's Cafe Reitschule and invited a load of Schweinsteiger's famous teammate buddies to the shindig. The Serbian star got in the act of dressing-up too as she appeared as the mask of Zorro.
Other higher-profile attendees included former Borussia Dortmund duo Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, who both dressed up in dark-style cowboy outfits. Xabi Alonso also looked very dapper, as usual, in his grey suit and top hat.
However, there has to be a tie for the best-dressed between goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Spanish star Javi Martinez. Neuer, who recently missed out on the Ballon d'Or, came in brown suede as a cowboy, but Martinez probably just edged it as he turned-up playing Woody from Toy Story, though I doubt he had quite to Tom Hanks voice to match.
It was a good time for Ivanovic to invite her purported boyfriend's mates over, they had just come back from a well-earned 2-0 win at VFB Sttutgart to stretch their lead at the top of the German Bundesliga to eight points. In the absence of their perennial title challengers, Dortmund, who are languishing in the relegation zone, Pep Guardiola's men will be expected to romp to another comfortable league title.
While her guests will have been full of gusto after their weekend exploits, there's a chance that Ivanovic might have been putting on a brave face after a disappointing display at the Australian Open earlier this month.
One of the 27-year-old's two Grand Slam finals came in the Melbourne major in 2008, but the former world no.1 could not repeat that run this time as she succumbed to a shock round one defeat to almost unheard-of qualifier Lucie Hradecka.
Ivanovic will be hoping for much better in her next Grand Slam outing at the French Open in the spring; she won at Roland Garros seven years ago and will be hoping that she can find it in herself to finally win another title.
Perhaps Schweinsteiger, the World Cup 2014 winner, can help get her in the winning mind-set?...
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