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Wozniacki: I'm no victim in love split

ESPN staff
June 23, 2014
Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy had been together since 2011 © Getty Images

Caroline Wozniacki says there are "better things" ahead after getting over her painful split from fiance Rory McIlroy.

The former women's world No.1 faces Shahar Peer in the opening round of Wimbledon on Court 12 on Monday and insists her mind is only on performing well for the rest of the year after putting the relationship with the golfer behind her.

"I have felt a lot of support and people have been so nice, but I'm not a victim. I'm not," Wozniacki told The Times.

"Everyone has had ups and downs in their life and people have had hard times, unbelievable times, terrible times and it's just a part of growing up and learning.

"I'm just thinking that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and what was meant to be is going to be and there are bigger and better things for me out there in the future."

Former world No.1 golfer McIlroy called off his engagement with Wozniacki in May after the pair had been together for more than two years and wedding invitations had gone out.

They encountered contrasting fortunes immediately afterwards as McIlroy went on to win the PGA Championship at Wentworth just days later and Wozniacki suffered a shock loss to Yanina Wickmayer in the first round of the French Open.

However, Wozniacki appears to be in good form heading to Wimbledon after reaching the semi-finals of the Aegon International at Eastbourne last weekend.

"I think my game is in such good shape, I don't worry because I know eventually the results will come. If it doesn't happen these weeks, it will happen a week, two weeks from now," she said.

"I'm where I want to be with my game, my head is clear, I have a direction and know what way I want to go. Things will turn out fine. If it's not okay, it's not the end."

Wozniacki went to Florida after her defeat at Roland Garros to meet current world No.1 Serena Williams - who was on hand to console the Dane following her break-up with McIlroy.

"Serena has always been there for me. We had something else to talk about, a new energy and so much fun to hang around with," Wozniacki said.

"She's also an unbelievable competitor on the court and I admire her for all that she's done and what a role model she is. Off the court, she's fun to hang with.

"Sometimes things happen in life you don't expect and you can never get too comfortable because you have to be ready for change. She was there and it was great to have a friend there. I felt so energised after five days there and dived straight back into the tennis."

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