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Caroline Wozniacki: I have to move on

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki waves goodbye after losing the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki waves goodbye after losing the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament

Caroline Wozniacki said she “just has to move on” after losing her first match since the end of her engagement to Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy.

The 23-year-old was beaten 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-2 by Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer in the first round of the French Open on Tuesday.

The former world number one said the break-up “came as a bit of a shock”.

The 13th seed added: “I just tried to prepare the best that I could and really tried to focus on my match and what I had to do out there.”

McIlroy and Wozniacki ended their engagement last week with McIlroy going on to win the PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday.

The Dane, a quarter-finalist in Paris in 2010, added: “I want to thank everybody for their support and sweet messages. That’s really nice.

“What happens in my personal life, I just want to really keep that between my closest people around me. I just have to move on.”

Wozniacki added that she was not at full fitness following a knee injury, and was unsure of her exact plans in the weeks ahead.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” she said. “I was just so focused on one day at a time and one hour at a time. I haven’t really thought forward.

“I need to sit down and think about how I can get my knee 100% ready.

“I want to prepare for Wimbledon, which is a big tournament and a better surface for me.”

 

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