It seems to lakke against the end of one of the greatest female tennis players of this century.

the Night of Tuesday local time had to Russian Maria Sharapova for the third grand slam tournament in a row see them beaten already in the first round, her first match in Australian Open against Donna Vekic was lost 3-6, 4-6.

On the question about how far she intends to return to the Australian Open, the 32-year-old Sharapova no clear answer.

– I don’t know. I know it is not. It is hard for me to say what will happen 12 months in advance, says Maria Sharapova at the press conference after the match.

Sharapova got her breakthrough when she was just 17-year-old won Wimbledon in 2004. Ago triumphed she also at the other three grand slam tournaments, and she grabbed his fifth grand slam victory at the French Open in 2014.

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Maria Sharapova may run the risk to dump down on the wrong side of the number 350 in the world. Photo: John Donegan / Ritzau Scanpix.
the Years since have, however, been less encouraging. A shoulder injury has often put her out of the game, and in 2016, she was punished with a quarantine for 15 months for using prohibited substances.

After the quarantine, she has tried to play himself back to the world elite, but without much success.

In 2019, it was because of multiple injuries just to the eight tournaments, and often with the early exits as a result. Not since January last year, she has managed to win two matches in a row. Then, she ottendedelsfinalen in the Australian Open.

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Maria Sharapova knows not whether she returns to the Australian Open. Photo: John Donegan / Ritzau Scanpix.
The earned points from the apartment she loses now, and therefore she has a view to dump from the location as number 145 in the world to a location on the wrong side of the number 350.

– I do not think so deeply of the location. The biggest reason for it is that I almost did not play last year because of injuries. It must take into account, says Sharapova.

She don’t know yet if she will hunt for satisfaction on the tour.

Frankly, I would like to respond, but I know it is not. I have not planned my schedule for the tournament here, saith the Russian’s answer.

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