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It's for the best: McIlroy-Wozniacki suffered career slumps

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Rory McIlroy confirms split from Caroline Wozniacki

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki may be heading their separate ways following the announcement that their engagement has been called off, but it might be exactly what both stars need to reignite their faltering careers.

On Wednesday, McIlroy ended his relationship with the former tennis world No.1 on the eve of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, saying he was not prepared for marriage after proposing to Wozniacki on New Year's Eve.

Rory McIlroy

  • July 2011-Dec 2012 versus Jan 2013-Present
  • Events: 33-30
  • Wins: 6-1
  • Top 10s: 21-14
  • Missed cuts/WDs: 4-5

Yet while the immediate sporting concern is that the form of both players will suffer, it turns out that the only way is up.

Since the beginning of 2013, Team Wozilroy combined for just TWO tournament victories.

This is in stark contrast to the success both enjoyed as their romance bloomed. They first met at a boxing match between David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko in Germany on July 2, 2011.

Caroline Wozniacki

  • July 2011-Dec 2012 versus Jan 2013-Present
  • Match wins: 65-56
  • Match losses: 29-30
  • Win %: 69-65
  • Titles: 3-1

From that moment to the end of 2012, McIlroy climbed to the top of the world rankings and won six events. At the same time,Wozniacki collected three titles and ended 2011 as the season-ending world No.1.

However, 2013 was a struggle for McIlroy as he failed to win any event and missed the cut in five tournaments. He also withdrew from the Honda Classic and was eliminated as a top seed in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February. He is yet to win a tournament on the PGA or European tours since the beginning of 2013, though did win the Australian Open in December.

The stats are not much better for Wozniacki, either. She only won one event in 2013 and lost in the second round at both the French Open and Wimbledon. Now ranked No.14 in the world, Wozniacki is yet to win a title in 2014.

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