By Mike Dickson for MailOnline
Published: 06:24 GMT, 21 January 2020 | Updated: 06:29 GMT, 21 January 2020
Maria Sharapova's precipitous tumble down the rankings continued after she was bundled out of the Australian Open first round by Donna Vekic.
And later she was unable to be sure about whether she will return next year to a tournament she won in 2008.
The former world No 1 is now projected to be ranked at a deeply modest 366 following a 6-3 6-4 defeat on the Rod Laver Arena to the 19th seed from Croatia.
Maria Sharapova admits she is unsure if she will be competing at the Australian Open next year
She was speaking after losing in straight sets in the first round of this year's tournament
Sharapova was defending points from making the fourth round at this event last year, which is why she will