Maria Sharapova made it through to the French Open semi-finals yesterday with a win over Gabrine Muguruza, the women who beat Serena Williams, and claimed after the match that she had never herd of Judy Murray.

The Russian star is looking to repeat her 2012 heroics at Roland Garros - a win that saw her complete the Career Slam - and is favourite to do so.

A tie against 20-year-old new girl on-the-block Eugenie Bouchard awaits, but it wasn't all plain sailing for Sharapova in the quarters.  The 27-year-old dropped the first set 1-6 against her unseeded Spanish opponent before fighting back to win 1-6 7-5 6-1.

It prompted Andy Murray's mum Judy, who also captains Britain's Fed Cup team, to post on Twitter: "Sharapova is like a tea bag. Put her into hot water and ul find out how strong she is."

When asked in the press conference about the tweet, the former world no.1 said: “Who is that? Sorry I don’t know who Judy Murray is.”

For Murray's mum, the claim that one of tennis' biggest stars has never heard that name will come as quite a shock no doubt.

The 54-year-old coach has gained notoriety in Great Britain for her presence at most of her son's games, including his wins at Wimbledon last year and the US Open of 2012. Clearly though, despite having nearly 100,000 followers on the social networking site, Judy hasn't quite extended to worldwide tennis circles.

Regardless about the source of the tea bag jibe, Sharapova didn't seem overly impressed after needing some extensive explanation (who can blame her) as to the meaning of the comment that was 'retweeted' nearly 400 times. 

After a long look of puzzlement, she eventually said: “She’s very creative. I guess she could have put it many different ways, and she chose the English version.”

Whilst we also learnt from the interview that Sharapova loves a good old fashioned English brew, the four-time Grand Slam champion will probably need to take on a more scientifically-proven energy supplement as she goes for glory in Paris.

Bouchard has impressed this year and also reached the last four at the Australian Open before losing to eventual winner Li Na.

The world no.16 has already beaten fellow seeds such as Carla Suarez Navarro and Angelique Kerber to reach this stage.

Elsewhere in the ladies' draw; fourth seed Simona Halep faces Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter-final, also Sarra Errani and Andrea Petkovic will look to fill the remaining spots.

Sharapova will be the favourite though. With many other big-names falling, she has a chance to add a second trophy to her collection while at the moment she has one of each the majors.

The seventh seed has only dropped two sets in a run which has also seen her defeat former US Open champion Samantha Stosur.

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