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Caroline Wozniacki: No luck of the Irish in French Open following Rory McIlroy split

Even Caroline's outfit didn't bring luck of the Irish on first day out after split from Rory

By Amanda Ferguson

Whether by accident or design, Caroline Wozniacki certainly raised eyebrows with her choice of attire for her first public appearance since splitting with Rory McIlroy.

The women's tennis star appeared to be channelling the luck of the Irish when she turned up at the French Open wearing a dress with more than a nod to the tricolour.

While the green, white and orange dress was certainly eye-catching, it didn't bring her the luck she was hoping for – as she was dumped out of the Grand Slam on the first day.

It's not clear if she had McIlroy's difficult question of nationality on her mind when she chose the colourful outfit but its Irish theme was certainly a talking point.

Women across the world had their fingers crossed that Caroline would breeze through the tournament which she had to face just days after the Holywood golfer announced he had called off their wedding days after the invites had been posted out.

The former world number one spoke about her heartbreak for the first time as she crashed out of the Paris tournament yesterday.

Currently the 13th seed, she was beaten 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-2 on court two at Roland Garros by Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer – the current world number 72. Previously a quarter-finalist at the Grand Slam in 2010, she made 31 unforced errors and hit only 15 winners. At a press conference after the defeat Caroline (23) said she felt "a little bit rusty" and refused to talk about her off-court trauma.

"What happens in my personal life, I just want to keep that between my closest people around me," she said. "I just have to move on."

The former world number one, who looks like she has lost weight, did hint at being shocked at the developments of the last week which saw her wedding dreams crumble.

Caroline's poor performance is in contrast with Rory (25) who won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday just days after breaking off the five-month engagement, amid suggestions he was keen to focus on his career. It was his first European Tour win since 2012.

Yesterday in Paris, all eyes were on the sportswoman as she emerged to compete for the first time since the split. Her choice of kit sparked debate regarding whether she is trying to send messages to her ex.

Caroline broke her silence on the relationship breakdown some 24 hours after Rory released a statement last Wednesday saying he was not ready for marriage.

"The problem is mine," he said.

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