Eugenie "Genie" Bouchard is quickly becoming a fan favorite Down Under. The 2013 WTA Newcomer of the Year even has a growing cheering section in Melbourne, dubbed the Genie Army. And when the 19-year-old tennis phenom defeated Ana Ivanovic in three sets to become the first Canadian ever to reach the semifinals at the first Grand Slam event of the year, her supporters were especially excited. But when Bouchard was asked by courtside reporter Sam Smith who her celebrity dream date would be following the match, that excitement turned a bit sour.
Bouchard revealed her celebrity crush to be pop star Justin Bieber, who is also Canadian. To her defense, the 2012 Wimbledon junior champ's answer isn't that stunning. She is a teenage girl from Quebec. But that didn't make it easier to digest for the Genie Army. The good-natured Bouchard received a few boos from the male-dominated contingent, a group that has been giving her different kinds of stuffed animals during the tournament (she has a kangaroo, a kookaburra and a wombat in her growing collection). Her next opponent is Li Na.
Plenty of time
Moving to the NBA, Chicago Bulls big man Taj Gibson sunk a layup with 0.9 seconds left in overtime to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 102-100. It made for an exciting finish to a game that missed Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose.
Toilets not an issue
And while security may be a concern for the upcoming Sochi Games, check out a photo BBC correspondent Steve Rosenberg tweeted from the Olympic Biathlon Center:
— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) January 20, 2014