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Caroline Wozniacki cut a frustrated figure as she went out in the first round © Getty Images
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Caroline Wozniacki admits her split with golfer Rory McIlroy came as a shock and disrupted her preparations for the French Open.

But the Dane says she wants to "move on" after suffering a first-round exit in her first match since her engagement to ended.

"You are not prepared for something like this," Wozniacki said, in reference to the end of her relationship. "It came as a bit of a shock. I just tired to prepare the best that I could and really tried to focus on my match and what I had to do."

The former world No.1 lost 7-6(5) 4-6 6-2 on Tuesday to Belgium's world No.64 Yanina Wickmayer.

It's the first time Wozniacki has been beaten in her opener at Roland Garros since 2007, when she made her debut at the tournament.

At the outset of Wozniacki's post-match news conference, Wozniacki spoke briefly before taking questions, never mentioning McIlroy by name.

She said: "I don't really want to talk about my personal life. I hope that you all can understand that. The only thing I really have to say is that, you know, [I want to] thank everybody for their support and sweet messages."

She continued, shrugging her shoulders: "What happens in my personal life, I just want to really keep that between my closest people around me. You know, I just have to move on."

One on-court issue for Wozniacki is a lingering knee injury that forced her to skip this month's Rome Masters. "It doesn't make it easier that I haven't been able to play that many matches because I have been injured," she said. "I felt a bit rusty and it wasn't a pretty match. But I tried."

Last week, McIlroy was close to tears while telling reporters that he and Wozniacki decided to split only days after sending out wedding invitations. They began their relationship in 2011 and became engaged on New Year's Eve.

On Sunday, McIlroy fought back for the unlikeliest of victories at the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Until Tuesday, Wozniacki had six wins and one defeat in her career against Wickmayer, who had sympathy for her beaten opponent.

Wickmayer said: "We all live difficult times with the boyfriend or when somebody dies or when you have personal issues. We all have our personal issues. Everybody is aware of it, because they're a famous couple. But there are other players who have very personal problems. I think she's strong. She's going to recover."

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