Jilted Caroline Wozniacki Wins Title Same Day as Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy’s ex-fiance Caroline Wozniacki didn’t have the glitz and glamour that McIlroy enjoyed on Sunday as he won the Open Championship for the first time.
She didn’t mind.
Wozniacki won her first tennis title of 2014, defeating Roberta Vinci to win the BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup in Turkey. The victory comes one day short of two months since McIlroy announced that he had ended their engagement, which he did mere days after the pair had sent out wedding invitations.
The two had dated almost exclusively since the summer of 2011, shortly after McIlroy won the 2011 US Open and while Wozniacki was ranked No. 1 in the world in the WTA.
McIlroy showed no ill effects of a high profile relationship at the same time he was a rising star in his sport, winning the 2012 PGA Championship. But he had a down year in 2013, winning just a lone tournament – that in Australia. Wozniacki, who had heard criticism repeatedly for gaining the No. 1 rating without winning a single Grand Slam singles title, lost her No. 1 rating in early 2012 and eventually fell out of the Top 10 at the beginning of this year.
Until Sunday, the two had seemed to be going in opposite directions post-break-up. Mere days after the announcement, Wozniacki was upset in the first round of the French Open by Yanina Wickmayer, who was ranked 64th in the world. After reaching the semifinals at Eastbourne, Wozniacki proceeded to lose in the fourth round at Wimbledon to a player ranked 43rd, while she herself was ranked 16th and excelled on grass.
By contrast, McIlroy immediately won his next tournament after the break-up, the BMW PGA Championship, and finished 15th at the Memorial and 14th at the Scottish Open before his big push at The Open in Hoylake this past weekend.