Sharapova hints at Australian Open snub for 2021
Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova admits she may not return to the Australian Open in 2021 after losing to Donna Vekic.
The Russian was beaten comfortably on Tuesday, with Vekic winning 6-3 6-4 in Melbourne.
The 19th seed looked a class above Sharapova, who will now drop out of the world's top 350.
Sharapova was playing in just her second match since September because of a shoulder injury, and she only entered after being given a wildcard by organisers.
She has now crashed out in the first round of her last three Grand Slams, and the 32-year-old admits she might not return to Melbourne.
"I don't know. I don't know," she told reporters when asked if she would be back. "I was fortunate to get myself to be here and thanks to [the organisers for] allowing me to be part of this event.
"It's tough for me to tell what's going to happen in 12 months' time. I put myself out there. As tough as it was, I finished the match, and it wasn't the way that I wanted," she said.
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