Caroline Wozniacki lays Rory McIlroy ghost to rest at US Open

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I'm sure there will be mixed emotions when Caroline Wozniacki reflects upon her experience at the US Open.

On the face of it, a loss in the final to Serena Williams represents the most heartbreaking end result for her ventures in North America over the past month or so.

After all, this is the first time since the very start of 2012 that she has even got close to lifting her maiden Grand Slam title - following her final defeat, at Flushing Meadows again, in 2009. 


The stats before this tournament might suggest, therefore, that Wozniacki the tennis player has already enjoyed her most fruitful years and is struggling to hit the heights she reached in her late teens.

But then you take a step-back and consider a few more things. The former world No.1 is only 24-years-old, Serena is now well into her 30s and continues to destroy the field. She didn't lose a single set at the US Open.

Wozniacki can also feel grateful that Serena is clearly a very good, genuine friend off-court. In life generally, a lost battle against a true friend will heal more quickly than a loss against a rival. 

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Friend dumping

Maybe Serena was the stronger of the pair mentally. She was able to ruthlessly and meticulously de-construct her friend as if she was some rabbit-in-the-headlights qualifier in round one, but you almost get the sense that her opponent had already had her efforts in getting to that point vindicated.

She probably doesn't want it to be this way, but over the last year or so the world no.11 has filled up more column inches in the magazine gossip pages than she has in the back pages of the newspapers. 

Although it seems slightly depressive or even depraving; Wozniacki's personal issues surrounding her relationship with Rory McIlroy make popular headlines.


She has had to endure the pain itself of an engagement being terminated. Now most people would fear and occasionally endure the awkward bumping into of an ex in the supermarket.

Maybe a small group of friends would offer their opinions both nice and nasty, from both sides of course. 

However in the world of sport and the very top levels, everything is hyper-magnetized.

Among millions of Twitter followers and hundreds of journalists wanting a new angle, Wozniacki - nor McIlroy - can avoid the issue, there's no scope for moving on.


The only way to switch focus is by doing well in your job. McIlroy managed it on-course and now Wozniacki has been freed by enjoying the glare of over 20,000 fans on the Arthur Ashe Stadium wanting her to win a match of tennis, rather than wanting to read the latest sly Twitter dig between the pair. 

She will never truly be able to enjoy a private-life whilst she remains a big-name on-court, one would presume, but hopefully Wozniacki can continue to appear more frequently in the media for the right reasons.

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