French Open: Caroline Wozniacki out in first round after loss to Yanina Wickmayer
Last Updated: 27/05/14 6:40pm
Caroline Wozniacki: a difficult few days
Former World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki crashed out of the French Open in the first round, losing 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-2 to Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer on a chilly Court Two.
The 23-year-old Dane made unwanted headlines last week after her split with star golfer Rory McIlroy, the Northern Irishman pulling out of their wedding shortly after the invitations had been sent out.
The break-up actually appeared to improve his form as he swept to victory at the European Tour's PGA Championship at Wentworth at the weekend.
But it was a different story for 13th seed Wozniacki, who slipped to her earliest defeat in Paris since her debut in 2007.
After Tuesday's match, Wozniacki pleaded for privacy but did admit recent events had left her shaken.
"I was not prepared for this, it all came as a bit of a shock," she admitted after first of all making a brief statement to reporters.
"I am happy to talk about my match but not my personal life. I hope you will understand that. I want to thank everyone for their support and sweet messages.
"But what happens in my personal life I want to keep between me and my closest family. I have to move on from this."
Wozniacki arrived in Paris struggling with a knee injury which ruled her out of the recent Rome tournament and curtailed her practice.
"I prepared as best I could. I haven't been able to play that many matches because of the injury. I felt rusty, it wasn't a pretty match."
Another player to fall in the first round was Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm, the oldest woman in the field at 43. She lost to 24th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-3 0-6 6-2.
Date-Krumm is the third oldest player in French Open singles history; Martina Navratilova was 47 in 2004. She made her main-draw debut at Roland Garros in 1989 before more than half of this year's women's field was even born.
Others advancing included No 4 seed Simona Halep of Romania, No 6 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, No 11 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, No 15 Sloane Stephens of the United States and No 21 Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.