Maria Sharapova announced her retirement through an article in Vogue magazine.
Maria Sharapova lost in straight sets to Croatia's 19th-seeded Donna Vekic in the first round of Australian Open.
Wild bushfires raging across Australia have also hit tennis as players were suffering from smoke inhalation during the Australian Open qualifying event.
Maria Sharapova will line up at Melbourne Park once again after it was announced on the tournament website that she would be a wildcard.
Maria Sharapova has not played since a first-round loss to career-long rival Serena Williams at the US Open in August.
Maria Sharapova dropped out of the Austrian tournament last week but says that she could play in the Luxembourg tournament which starts October 14, even though her main focus is to get healthy for the 2020 season.
Serena Williams needed only 59 minutes to rout her Russian rival, improving to 20-2 all-time against Sharapova with her 19th consecutive victory in the rivalry.
Serena Williams is looking to match the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles won by Margaret Court when the year's final major championship gets under way Monday.
Maria Sharapova had earlier pulled out of the French Open 2019 with a shoulder injury
Maria Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, has not played since pulling out of a tournament in her native Russia at the end of January.
Umpire Alison Hughes was lucky to escape injury as the spider-cam ripped the sun shield right off her chair.
Australian Open 2019: Ashleigh Barty stunned five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova in a three-set thriller.
Maria Sharapova won 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 with the roof closed on Rod Laver Arena.
The pressure on the reigning French Open champion will only increase in her next round.
The Russian five-time Grand Slam champion was forced to stay up late in her second-round match.
The 31-year-old has only conceded three games en route to round three at Melbourne Park, where she won the title in 2008.
Rafael Nadal is bidding to become the first man in the Open era, and only third in history along with Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, to win each Grand Slam on two or more occasions.