Paris: Serena Williams admitted yesterday she'd rather be defeated on the court than be a loser in love after offering a consoling arm to heartbroken Caroline Wozniacki.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams 

Williams tweeted Danish player Wozniacki following the break-up of her high-profile romance with golf star Rory McIlroy last week.

"@CaroWozniacki I'll always walk with you. #friendsforever," wrote world number one Williams.

That was in reply to Wozniacki's tweet which said: "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."

Yesterday, Williams said she felt for Wozniacki who had been planning to wed McIlroy later in the year. "I would rather lose any day than break up. It's always hard," said the American.

Dark days: Caroline Wozniacki
Dark days: Caroline Wozniacki 

"It's definitely easier to take a loss because you always have next week. But at the end of the day when you really are young, you always have next year and you have the rest of your life."

Williams has been linked romantically with her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou who was in the Sunday crowd as the 32-year-old defending champion reached the second round with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Alize Lim.

Rory's first win after split
WENTWORTH (UK) Rory McIlroy completed a roller-coaster week by coming from seven shots back to win the European PGA Championship at Wentworth yesterday.

The Northern Irishman, who announced his split from Caroline Wozniacki on the eve of the tournament, fired a sparkling six-under par 66, for an aggregate of 274, 14-under par, to win by a shot from Ireland's Shane Lowry.