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Caroline Wozniacki thanks fans after Rory McIlroy breakup

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Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy have separated (©GettyImages)
Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy have separated (©GettyImages).

Caroline Wozniacki addressed the public for the first time since separating from her now former fiancée Rory McIlroy on Thursday, as she took to Twitter to thank her fans for their support.

The news broke on Wednesday that the Dane is no longer in a relationship with the Northern Irish golfer, only days after invitations for the wedding had been sent out, and McIlroy stated that he had come to the conclusion that he was not ready for marriage.

It was Wozniacki’s turn to express her thoughts on the situation on Thursday morning, as she tweeted about how difficult a time she is going through, while also referencing her support for Liverpool Football Club.

The 23-year-old tweeted: “It's a hard time for me right now. Thanks for all the sweet messages! Happy I support Liverpool right now because I know I'll never walk alone.”

World number one Serena Williams then gave her support to her fellow WTA professional, as she replied to the tweet with: “I'll always walk with you.”

Wozniacki then sent a tweet of thanks back to Williams, and she also removed the word “fiancée” from her bio on her Twitter page.

The couple had been together since 2011, and while her partner had gone on to win two majors in that time, at the US Open in 2011 and the PGA Championship in 2012, Wozniacki has seen her world ranking slip outside the top 10, and she is still yet to win her first Grand Slam title.

The former world number one will be aiming to put her personal problems to one side at the French Open, with first round matches getting underway on Sunday.

Wozniacki will find out who her first round opponent will be when the draw is made on Friday, and a seeding of 14 means that she could face one of the world’s top four in the last 16 of the tournament should she get there.

Roland Garros has never been a favoured Grand Slam tournament for Wozniacki, as she has managed just one quarter-final appearance at the clay court tournament in 2010, while she was beaten in the second round last year by Serbian Bojana Jovanovski.

She is still looking to find her best form in 2014, as she is yet to beat a player in the world’s top 10 in the current calendar year, with her best performance in a tournament coming in Dubai in February, where she reached the semi-finals before being surprisingly beaten by Venus Williams.

A knee injury has curtailed her clay court season, as she has only played in one tournament on the red surface in the lead up to the tournament, where she was knocked out in the second round of the Madrid Masters by Roberta Vinci.

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