Engagement off, French Open over for Wozniacki

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Engagement off, French Open over for Wozniacki
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns a shot during her women's singles match against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki picks up her New York City Marathon official race bib at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki picks up her New York City Marathon official race bib at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki picks up her New York City Marathon official race bib at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki picks up her New York City Marathon official race bib at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki (C) picks up her New York City Marathon official race bib at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reacts during a break in her women's singles match against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark leaves the court following her defeat in her women's singles match against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27: Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium shakes hands with Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the net after her victory in their women's singles match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reacts during her women's singles match against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki reacts at the end of her French tennis Open first round match against Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on May 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates a point during her women's singles match against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reacts during her women's singles match against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reacts during a break in her women's singles match against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns a shot during her women's singles match against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki waves goodbye after losing the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament against -Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki returns the ball to Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer during the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki wipes her face during the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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BY HOWARD FENDRICH
AP TENNIS WRITER

PARIS (AP) -- About a week after her engagement to two-time major golf champion Rory McIlroy was called off, Caroline Wozniacki exited the French Open in the first round.

The 13th-seeded Wozniacki, a former No. 1 and the runner-up at the 2009 U.S. Open, lost 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2 on Tuesday to 64th-ranked Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium. It's the first time Denmark's Wozniacki was beaten in her opener at Roland Garros since 2007, her debut at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.

At the outset of Wozniacki's post-match news conference, the moderator said: "Caroline would like to make a statement, and after that she will answer questions about today's match."

Then Wozniacki spoke briefly before taking questions, never mentioning McIlroy by name or their scrapped wedding plans.

"I don't really want to talk about my personal life. I hope that you all can understand that," she began, and put her left hand to her chest. "The only thing I really have to say is that, you know, (I want to) thank everybody for their support and sweet messages."

She continued, shrugging her shoulders: "What happens in my personal life, I just want to really keep that between my closest people around me. You know, I just have to move on."

Last week, McIlroy was close to tears while telling reporters that he and Wozniacki decided to split only days after sending out wedding invitations. They began dating in 2011 and were engaged this past New Year's Eve.

On Sunday, McIlroy won a European Tour event in England.

Wozniacki was ranked No. 1 in 2010, and she's been as far as the semifinals four times at Grand Slam tournaments. That includes the U.S. Open in 2009, when she beat Wickmayer at that stage before losing to Kim Clijsters in the final. Clijsters has been working with Wickmayer lately.

Until Tuesday, Wozniacki was 6-1 against Wickmayer. But playing her typical brand of often-passive tennis, Wozniacki allowed Wickmayer to build an 18-3 advantage in winners in the first set. Still, Wozniacki served for that set at 6-5, before getting broken at love.

Wickmayer was asked whether she'd thought about her opponent's mental state.

"We all live difficult times with the boyfriend or when somebody dies or when you have personal issues. We all have our personal issues. Everybody is aware of it, because they're a famous couple. But there are other players who have very personal problems," Wickmayer said. "I think she's strong. She's going to recover."

One on-court issue for Wozniacki is a lingering knee injury that forced her to skip this month's Italian Open.

All told, her run-up to the French Open was hardly ideal.

"You're not prepared for something like this, and (it) came a bit as a shock," Wozniacki said. "I just tried to prepare the best that I could. ... I felt a little bit rusty out there, and it wasn't really a pretty match. But I tried."

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