Eugenie Bouchard beat former No. 1 seed Ana Ivanovic in the Australian Open quarterfinals Tuesday. After she won, the 19-year-old Canadian was asked by a television interviewer to name her dream date.
Here's a small sampling of headlines about Bouchard's win over Ivanovic:
CTV News (Canada): “Eugenie Bouchard picks Justin Bieber as dating material”
Business Standard: “Teenaged Eugenie Bouchard dreams of dating 'fellow Canadian' Justin Bieber”
Now, in defense of those news outlets, putting Justin Bieber in one's headline is never a bad thing. But it does take a step back from Bouchard's achievements as an athlete. Or, as Policy Mic writes:
It's no wonder that a recent survey found that 7 out of 10 British female athletes feel they are more valued for their appearance than their athletic performance ... In other words, athletes like Bouchard have no choice but to take questions like this in stride, if they have any chance of securing a lucrative endorsement deal to help them make a living.
For the record, Bouchard was rather calm about the ordeal, later telling a writer from the New York Times, “Don't worry, it's going to happen.”