TENNIS beauty Maria Sharapova revealed yesterday she may quit the game early to have children.
The 19-year-old said that "tennis isn't everything" and said she wanted to try other things in life.
The world face of women's tennis, Sharapova said she could retire at a similar age to Belgian Kim Clijsters, who will leave the game this year aged 24.
"I want to have a family, of course. I want to try other things in my career," Sharapova said.
"But I can definitely see myself retiring at that age."
Sharapova, who plays 61st-ranked Frenchwoman Camille Pin in her first round match, practised with Martina Hingis at Rod Laver Arena yesterday.
The reigning US Open champion is aiming to win her first Australian Open crown after having been knocked out in the semi-finals of the previous two tournaments.
The Russian said she had undergone several weeks of solid training and issued an ominous warning to opponents.
"I might not have that many matches under my belt, but I feel fresh and healthy, which is most important," she said.
Damn i am shocked to read this. Whatever are the women thinking?