Golfer Rory McIlroy, the world No.10, shockingly announced his split from tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, the world No.14, on Wednesday just days after sending out invites to their wedding. The couple, dubbed "Wozilroy", are not the first high-profile sports couple to split. Here are four other sports couples whose relationships are "game over".
1. Maria Sharapova and Sasha VujacicTennis superstar Maria Sharapova and basketball player Sasha Vujacic started dating in 2009. A year later, Vujacic, a Slovenian guard who played for the Los Angeles Lakers, proposed to the Russian beauty at a friend's barbeque on the first-year anniversary of their relationship. That went up in smoke when Vujacic signed for Turkish team Anadolu Efes in 2011.
The long-distance relationship put a strain on the couple, and they split in 2012. Said Sharapova: “Our career schedules just made it extremely difficult to see each other... He wasn't home one time during the 10 months that he was in Turkey, so that made it extremely difficult.”
2. Adam Scott and Ana IvanovicGolfer Adam Scott had an on-and-off relationship with former tennis world No.1 Ana Ivanovic for four years starting from 2010. Scott, 33, reportedly dated Hollywood actress Kate Hudson during one of their “breaks”. The Australian finally split up for good with Ivanovic in January. Not that it bothered Scott.
Three months later, he became the first man from Down Under to win the US Masters. Following his victory, he revealed that he had reunited with ex-girlfriend Marie Kojzar, an architect. They married one month later.
3. Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors/John Loyd/Greg NormanEvert, an 18-time grand slam winner and International Tennis Hall of Famer, had relationships with a string of former athletes. The 59-year-old, who was in town this January to launch the WTA Championships, counts former world No.1 tennis player Jimmy Connors, former British doubles player John Loyd, and most recently, former world No.1 golfer Greg Norman as her ex-husbands. She was only married to Norman for 15 months before divorcing in 2010.
4. Ronald Susilo and Li JiaweiCloser to home, Indonesia-born shuttler Ronald Susilo and China-born paddler Li Jiawei became Singapore sports' darling couple when the pair started dating after the 2002 Commonwealth Games. They got engaged in 2004 after the Athens Olympics, and in 2005, they were crowned Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year at the Singapore Sports Award.
But there was no happy ending for the couple, who broke off their engagement in 2008. Language and cultural differences proved too wide to bridge and the break-up was marred by ownership disputes over a condominium and a car. They later settled the dispute out of court. They have since moved on – Li wedded China businessman Li Chao in 2008, while Susilo married Indonesian Widyana Mulia, an audit manager, in 2011.