Maria Sharapova, a former world number one, on Tuesday, withdrew from Wimbledon.
The development raises questions about her future in the sport, fifteen years after shooting to global fame.
The 2004 champion retired with a left arm injury in the final set of her tie with Frenchwoman. Pauline Parmentier, who claimed a 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 5-0 win.
Sharapova, now ranked 80 in the world, served for the match in the second set, but then needed treatment on her arm.
But despite her lengthy absence from the game, the five-time major winner and has not gone beyond the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam since she returned from an 18-month drug ban in 2017.
“I’m still proud that I’m here. This is not the easy way. I think the easy way would be just for me to maybe do other things,” Sharapova who was close to tears in her post-match news conference said.
“This is far from easy. I’ve never taken the easy route. I’ve always worked, committed, focused. As I said, these moments are hard, but I love what I do. I still have a lot of passion for it.”
Despite serving for the match, she needed treatment on an inflamed tendon and, her fate was sealed against a player, who had been defeated in the first round at the All England Club on her last seven appearances.
The Russian was paired against an unseeded opponent in her opener at the All England Club for the first time since her debut in 2003, the year she won her first major as a 17-year-old.
However, she stated that she has no intention of walking away from the sport that has made her a multi-millionaire and a global icon, until she has her own family.
“I’ve dreamed of having a family since I was very young because I’m very close to my parents,” she added.
“I would love to have that connection in the future with hopefully my child. I don’t see myself having a child and then coming back.
“It’s never really been a vision that I’ve had for myself. Therefore, I think that’s still in the future for me.”