Caroline Wozniacki thanks fans and Liverpool after split from Rory McIlroy: I'll never walk alone
Caroline Wozniacki has broken her silence on the shock end to her engagement to Rory McIlroy – with a very public removal of his place in her life.
The women's tennis star posted an update on Twitter yesterday thanking her fans for "sweet messages" she had received since her ex went public with their break-up just days after their wedding invitations were issued.
The Danish sportswoman also removed her profile picture of the couple in happier times and replaced it with one of her alone.
She then deleted a previous reference to her being Rory's fiancée from her Twitter biography.
After the removal of the word 'fiancée', there is now only one indirect reference to Rory on her updated Twitter biography.
lt says "Daughter, sister, tennis player" before adding "Mother to our dog Bruno", the Pomeranian the couple had cared for together.
The 23-year-old yesterday thanked her fans for their support.
"It's a hard time for me right now," she added.
"Thanks for all the sweet messages! Happy I support Liverpool right now because I know I'll never walk alone."
The social media message was the first time the former world number one had made any public statement since her fiancé announced the end of their relationship on Wednesday morning.
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— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) May 22, 2014
World number one Serena Williams lent her support to her friend, tweeting: "I'll always walk with you. Friends forever."
The online post has been interpreted by some as perhaps a bit of a dig at Manchester United supporting Rory.
Caroline's celebrity hairstylist, Dennis Knudsen, said he was "shocked" by the announcement. According to the Daily Telegraph, he had been booked to style Wozniacki's hair and do her make-up for the wedding and was due to attend as a guest.
Caroline's former coach Michael Mortensen said: "I'm absolutely shocked. I have seen them together and they had the ultimate love and respect for each other."
But Chris Evert, the former world number one tennis player who has been married – and divorced – three times said she was not surprised by the couple's separation. Evert, the 18-time Grand Slam winner, was engaged to fellow American tennis champion Jimmy Connors in 1974, the year both won the Wimbledon title.
They also cancelled their wedding. Evert, who was 19 when engaged to Connors, said: "It doesn't surprise me. I mean, I was married in my 20s to my tennis.
"That was the only way I could put all my emotions and energies into that goal. I was in awe that it (McIlroy and Wozniacki's relationship) worked as long as it did.
"I can't believe it. They must be just different kind of people. I understand 100%, you're married to your career. You're using your emotions. You're using the mental capacity that you have.
"You're putting everything into it. That's what it takes to be the best."
Two-time Major winner McIlroy said he had ended the couple's engagement after sending out wedding invitations made the Holywood golfer realise he wasn't ready for marriage. He is attempting to concentrate on his golf at the BMW PGA Championship tournament at Wentworth, where he shot a four under par round of 68 to sit six shots off the lead.