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," she said.

Sharapova laughs off Gulbis 'sexist' comments

Sharapova indicated that men's tennis player Ernests Gulbis may have been joking when he said recently that female players must think about kids while telling reporters last week that that he didn't want his younger sisters to become professional tennis players.

"I don't think we can take everything serious when he speaks," Sharapova said with a laugh, according to si.com.

"I mean, let's be honest with that. I think he's great entertainment and we love to listen to what he has to say. In a way, I think he was joking, but he's playing the sport, so how bad can it be? If he felt so bad about it, and even if he's a male, I don't think he'd be playing it."

After his third round win over Radek Stepanek, Gulbis, who went on to beat Roger Federer, said: "It's a tough choice of life. A woman needs to enjoy life a little bit more. Needs to think about family, needs to think about kids. What kids you can think about until age of 27 if you're playing professional tennis. That's tough for a woman, I think."


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