Caroline Wozniacki opens up about her break-up with Rory McIlroy

Sep 13, 2014, 06:15 IST | A Correspondent

Tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki speaks for the first time in detail about her split with Rory McIlroy; says good friend Serena Williams helped her emerge from the shock

Danish tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki has spoken for the first time about her much publicised split from golf superstar Rory McIlroy earlier this year.

Caroline Wozniacki (right) with Serena Williams
Friends Forever: Caroline Wozniacki (right) with Serena Williams during Williams' Signature Statement by HSN fashion show in New York on Tuesday. Pic/Getty Images.

The 24-year-old spoke on US TV show In Depth With Graham Bensinger in detail and said that the split had left her distraught.

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

McIlroy and Wozniacki split in May this year, just months after he had proposed to her in Sydney on New Year’s Eve with a $212,000 ring. Invitations for the November wedding had already been sent out. The couple had spent the morning together, and later the same day, McIlroy (25) called it off with a 10-minute phone call. Wozniacki (24) said that for the first five minutes of the call she thought he was joking.

Shocking phone call
“I was shocked. I thought at least, I would get a face-to-face or something. But there was nothing — it was just a phone call and I did not hear from him again,” said Wozniacki. “I don’t think you expect to find yourself in a situation like that. “You can’t prepare yourself for anything like that, so I was in a bit of a shocked phase there for a while.”

Public announcement
The media attention the split drew was huge, said Wozniacki. “It was very hard because he made it very public from the start. He put out a press release so I didn’t have a choice. It just got put in my face.”

The Dane however, said that she has moved on, and indeed seems to be thriving on court having made it to the final of the US Open last week, her first Grand Slam final since 2009, where she lost to good friend Serena Williams. Wozniacki gave credit to the American World No 1 for helping her through the testing phase.

“I went to Miami after the French Open and Serena was there and we had a great time. I came back from that (holiday) and I felt refreshed, I felt like a new self. I started practising towards Wimbledon and I was playing well. I think you just have to take life as it goes and I believe you never get things put on you that you can’t handle. I’m definitely on the other side now. I’ve moved on,” she added.

Finally, the tennis star could not resist the opportunity of taking a dig at her former lover. When asked what her future romantic partner would be like, she shot back: “I’d like a taller guy, so I can wear my heels.”

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