The New York Times' Ben Rothenberg confirmed the shocking scoreline:
Yanina Wickmayer upsets No13 Caroline Wozniacki 7-6, 4-6, 6-2. Stunningly vintage from Wickmayer with fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters watching.— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 27, 2014
The loss, which marks Wozniacki's first opening-round exit at Roland Garros since her debut in 2007, comes just days after her engagement to golf superstar Rory McIlroy was called off.
ESPN's Rick Reilly breaks down the No. 13 seed's gut-wrenching series of events:
Poor Caroline Wozniacki. 1) Dumped by Rory McIlroy. 2) Watches him win w/out her. 3) Booted in 1st round of French.— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) May 27, 2014
This past Sunday, an emotional McIlroy erased a seven-stroke deficit in the final round of the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England, to win the tournament by one stroke at 14-under, ending his drought just days after his breakup with Wozniacki.
As far as Wozniacki's struggles are concerned, Sports Illustrated's Beyond the Baseline notes that there may have been another factor in play on Tuesday:
Caroline Wozniacki opens asking everyone to respect her private life. But also said break-up came as "a shock". Knee injury still an issue.— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) May 27, 2014
Wozniacki talked about her knee and the challenge staying focused in her post-match press conference, per ESPN.com:
Obviously, you're not prepared for something like this. It came as a bit of a shock. I tried to prepare the best that I could. I really tried to focus on my match and what I had to do out there. It doesn't make it easier that I haven't been able to play really that many matches because I've been injured, so, I felt a little bit rusty out there. It wasn't really a pretty match, but I tried.
The opening set featured plenty of back-and-forth action as neither player was able to find consistent success on serve. Each player broke the other's serve three times en route to a tiebreak.
Wickmayer took the early advantage in the extra session, ultimately closing it out at 7-5 to seize control of the match.
Unsurprisingly, Wozniacki made adjustments in the second set, settling down on serve and preventing Wickmayer from earning a single break-point opportunity. Wozniacki only converted on 1-of-6 break points in the second set, but she only needed one to close out the set and force a deciding frame.
However, the third set belonged to the Belgian, who once again picked apart Wozniacki's serve en route to converting on 3-of-4 break points.
With only six winners to 10 unforced errors, Wozniacki was unable to overcome her poor service play down the stretch, bowing out after just over two hours on Court 2.
Although Wozniacki has plenty of great tennis still ahead of her, another early Slam exit raises the question: Will she ever break through on the sport's biggest stage?
While the recent issues in her private life certainly qualify as a distraction, Wozniacki will have to bounce back quickly as the season's third major, Wimbledon, isn't far off.
And seeing as she has never been past the fourth round at the All England Club, a clear mind and intense preparation will be key for her chances at making a deep run.
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