Genie Bouchard makes Aussie Open semis, wants to date Justin Bieber

January 21, 2014 – 12:57 am by Hickey

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Just as we should have been talking about Richard Sherman’s NFC title-clinching deflection, today we should be focused on the tennis prowess of 19-year-old Canadian tennis phenom Genie Bouchard. With a 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 win over Ana Ivanovic, Bouchard became the first Canadian to reach the semifinal of a major since Patricia Hy-Boulais did it at the 1992 U.S. Open.

But just like with Sherman, all it took was the post-match interview to deflect from the performance. Though that’s no fault of poor Genie.

The post-match interviewer — who made it pretty clear some hornball producer put her up to this — asked Bouchard who she would date if she could date “anyone in the world of sport or movies.”

After giggling like a teenager, because she is one, Bouchard came up with an answer that surely broke the hearts of any syrup-blooded Canadian male.

“Justin Bieber.”

Face-palm.

Oh, Genie. Not the Biebs. (The clear highlight of the video is one of Bouchard’s fans waving “No! No!” But it’s too late). I understand you feel the need to keep it Maple Leaf, but surely there is some other similarly aged Canadian male out there who isn’t a complete tool.

In Bouchard’s defense, it can be reasonably assumed that no male athlete would be asked this question following the biggest win over their career. How bizarre would it have been if instead of asking Sherman about the final play of the game, Erin Andrews opened with “So Richard, if you could tap any piece of ass on the planet, who would it be?” In this case the interviewer was at least the same gender, so maybe it would be more like Terry Bradshaw asking that question. But you get the point. Now the poor kid runs the risk of going from tournament darling to person everyone makes fun of for horrible taste in celebrity crushes. Maybe we should save those kinds of questions for People or Tiger Beat or whatever it is teenage girls are reading these days.

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