LONDON (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard would like to think fellow Canadian Justin Bieber is noticing her run to the Wimbledon final.
After Bouchard won her semifinal Thursday, the 20-year-old was asked whether she thinks pop star Bieber is aware that she's the first tennis player from Canada to reach a Grand Slam title match.
"I hope so," she said with a smile. "I'm putting in so much hard work. I want to see this hard work rewarded."
At the Australian Open in January, Bouchard was asked during an on-court interview who she'd like to go out on a date with — and she quickly gave Bieber's name. He responded by sending a tweet wishing her good luck.
And that's why Bieber, whose hits include "Baby" and "Never Say Never," was brought up by a reporter at Bouchard's news conference Thursday.
When Bouchard was teasingly asked whether Bieber has been in touch with her during Wimbledon, she said he hadn't and laughed.
"You know," Bouchard said, going along with the joke, "he's kind of been in trouble recently."
Then, she said: "I'm not associated with that at the moment. But, you know, if he cleans up his image. ..."