American Bethanie Mattek-Sands goes down with serious knee injury

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Mattek-Sands was forced to retire from the game and was taken to a hospital after more than 20 minutes of on-court treatment by medical staff.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands injured her right knee in a freak fall during her clash with Romanian Sorana Cirstea.

Cirstea hopped the net to try and aid her stricken opponent, as the umpire called for paramedics.

AN AMERICAN tennis player has sent cries of anguish echoing through Wimbledon after she suffered a horrific on-court injury on Thursday.

Her partnership with Czech Lucie Safarova has proved hugely fruitful and, after winning titles at the US Open, Australian Open and French Open, they had hoped to achieve the rare feat of holding all four at the same time. She was later seen in tears courtside. Her husband, Justin, was also on the court comforting her.


"She went into shock and it took so long for the medical team to arrive. These painkillers are not working", she reportedly said. Her knee was in a very weird position. "It was like something you see only in the movies", Cristea told BBC News. I think was tough because she was stuck on this, Sorana, help me, Sorana, help me.

They said: "The first response to Court 17 was within 1 minute, by a qualified ambulance technician".

Mattek-Sands, a wildcard singles player, was within reach of a win before the injury.

On the television broadcast, Mattek-Sands could clearly be heard screaming, "please help me, please, please".

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