MELBOURNE - An Australian waiter's bold request for a "selfie" from Maria Sharapova has met with an icy response from the Russian world number three. Sharapova admitted she was taken aback when her bill at a cafe arrived together with the waiter's smartphone and a request for a photo, along with an autograph. Sharapova, who was relaxing ahead of next week's Australian Open, duly took a picture -- not of herself, but of a man sitting nearby. "I actually took a picture of the guy next to me. True story," she SAID. The brush-off suggests Sharapova is in no mood for frivolity as she embarks on the season's first Grand Slam, following a four-month lay-off with a shoulder injury. "I'm happy to be back playing a Grand Slam. I missed the last one at the end of last year," she said.–AFP