Skipping the 2009 Australian Open will cost Maria Sharapova the spot in the Top 10.
The world number nine Sharapova has been a member of the Top 10 since July 5, 2004. However, the Russian will fall out of this elite group on the week of February 2, 2009, after 238 weeks.
The last time Sharapova ranked outside of the Top 10 was during the week of June 21, 2004 (No.15), prior to winning 2004 Wimbledon singles title. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)