Tennis players show support for Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Tennis players show support for Bethanie Mattek-Sands

"It took a really long time not only for the stretcher to get there but, I mean, I don't know for how long she was on the ground, but I would say ten, 15 minutes - for me, that's really long".

American wild-card entry Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a scary knee injury during her Wimbledon match Thursday, and Karolina Pliskova, one of the tournament favorites, is out after an upset loss.

Chilling screams of "f**k, help me, help me" rang out around the famous Tennis venue.

Mattek-Sands' doubles partner, Lucie Safarova, was clearly shaken by the side of the court and the pair look set to pull out of Wimbledon. It's clear there was confusion from her opponent, staff and the crowd about the severity of the injury.

Cirstea approached the net and went over to Mattek-Sands, then backed away, seemingly in horror at the extent of her injuries.

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The 32-year-old Mattek-Sands is ranked No 1 in women's doubles. She was later seen in tears at courtside. "These painkillers are not working", she reportedly said.

"The first response to Court 17 was within one minute, by a qualified ambulance technician", the statement read.

The Romanian said: "I saw she was on the floor, then she started screaming". I think was tough because she was stuck on this, Sorana, help me, Sorana, help me.

Mattek-Sands, a wildcard singles player, was within reach of a win before the injury. She was forced to retire from the second-round match and was taken to the hospital.

"She went into shock and it took so long for the medical team to arrive".

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