Paris: Maria Sharapova made the French Open semi-finals yesterday and then found herself bamboozled by a tweet sent by Andy Murray's mother comparing her to a tea bag.

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova 

But before responding to questions regarding her semi-final opponent, Eugenie Bouchard, the former world number one was asked to respond to Judy Murray's abstract compliment.

"Sharapova is like a tea bag. Put her into hot water and ul find out how strong she is," tweeted Murray.

Sharapova said: "Sorry. I didn't know who Judy Murray is." She added: "I'm a big tea drinker. I don't understand what she means."

When it was explained to her, Sharapova applauded the Wimbledon champion's mother's turn of phrase.

"That's great. She's very creative. I guess she could have put it many different ways, and she chose the English version."