Wozniacki and McIlroy come out on top

On the day Caroline Wozniacki won the WTA Istanbul Cup, her former fiance, Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, triumphed at the British Open.

Wozniacki won her first title of the year and 22nd of her career on Sunday when she defeated second-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1.

The former world number one has now won a WTA title every year for the last seven years, winning her first three in 2008, three more in 2009, six in 2010, six in 2011, two in 2012, one in 2013 and now one in 2014.

"I’m happy to have won my 22nd WTA title – it’s a great feeling. I’m happy how the final went today. I served well and pushed her around the court, and I really dictated the match," she said.

She was not the only one to come out on top that day.

More than 2,700km away in Hoylake, UK, McIlroy romped away to win his first Open Championship.

Making golfing history

He held off American Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia of Spain by two strokes to take the trophy.

“It feels incredible. Today wasn’t easy, a few guys were making runs at me, I needed to stay focused and concentrate,” McIlroy said.

In so doing, he became the third player in golfing history - after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods​ - to win three of golf’s four majors by the age of 25. 

He now needs the Masters title to join an elite club of five players in the Open era - Nicklaus, Woods, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Gary Player - to complete a Grand Slam set of all four majors.

McIlroy and Wozniacki split up in May just days after sending out the invitation cards for their wedding.

McIlroy, who broke the engagement, admitted then that he got cold feet and "wasn't ready for all that marriage entails".

Where they stand in rankings:

Wozniacki climbed two places to 13 in the latest WTA rankings published on Monday.

McIlroy's dramatic British Open victory at Royal Liverpool lifted him six places to world number two.

Source: AFP