Wimbledon 2017: Bethanie Mattek-Sands undergoes more tests on right knee after horrific injury

London: Bethanie Mattek-Sands was undergoing more tests on her right knee on Friday following her sickening injury at Wimbledon which left her screaming: "Please, help me, please, please".

The 32-year-old American was being treated in a nearby private hospital where she was taken on Thursday after her knee appeared to buckle as she approached the net in her second round clash with Sorana Cirstea on Court 17.

"Bethanie is currently undergoing more scans this morning and we should know more within the next few hours," said the WTA Tour in a statement.

US player Bethanie Mattek-Sands is lifted onto a trolley on a stretcher by medics on court after suffering an injury during her women's singles second round match against Romania's Sorana Cirstea on the fourth day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 6, 2017. America's Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a horror knee injury at Wimbledon on Thursday which left her screaming and crying in pain in the middle of the court. The 32-year-old collapsed to the ground after damaging her right knee as she approached the net in the first game of the deciding set against Romania's Sorana Cirstea on Court 17.  / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a horrific injury during her match against Romania's Sorana Cirstea on Day 4 at Wimbledon. AFP

"Bethanie of course thanks everyone for their kind wishes and messages of support."

Romanian player Cirstea was visibly upset and said her friend's knee was "out... and in a very weird position".

"I freaked out. I have never seen such an injury before, the knee was really in a bad position. It was like something you see only in the movies," said Cirstea.

"I tried to comfort her but I panicked. I felt useless. All she kept saying was 'Sorana, help me, help me.

"I wish I could have done more. You wouldn't wish that on your worst enemy."

Concerns were also raised over the amount of time it took a medical crew to reach the stricken Mattek-Sands even though Court 17 is just a stone's throw from the tournament's Centre Court.

Cirstea said only she, her physio and Justin Mattek-Sands, the player's husband, attended to the American star and said it took around 10-15 minutes for a stretcher to arrive.

However, the All England Club insisted in a statement: "The first response to Court 17 was within one minute, by a qualified ambulance technician".


Published Date: Jul 07, 2017 04:33 pm | Updated Date: Jul 07, 2017 04:33 pm


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