Serious Knee Injury Ends Bethanie Mattek-Sands's Wimbledon

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Cirstea said she was surprised that it seemed to take so long for anyone to react to the injury.

"It's quite unique with your opponent, after two games, you both agree on stopping playing in a slam", Mladenovic said, per the Guardian. "It hurts, hurts so much".

The hollow, rhythmic thump of of the tennis ball being walloped by the players was replaced by the horrifying shriek of American player Bethanie Mattek-Sands as she collapsed in agony at Wimbledon Thursday.

"The first response to Court 17 was within one minute, by a qualified ambulance technician", the statement read. "She was shouting "Sorana, help me" and all I could say was "I'm here, be strong".", she added.

Cirstea said it felt like a long time before medical help arrived for Mattek-Sands.

If Mattek-Sands's injury is as severe as it appears, it will end not just her singles run but her significant doubles run: Along with partner Lucie Safarova, Mattek-Sands is the No. 1 seed in women's doubles at Wimbledon.

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"So, yeah, I hope is not as bad that it seemed, and she can have a quick, quick recovery".

Paramedics gave her lengthy treatment including oxygen, but her screams could still be heard on nearby courts.

"It's the peak of her career right now", said Bob Bryan, whose twin brother, Mike, won the 2015 French Open mixed-doubles title with Mattek-Sands".

A club spokesperson confirmed to AAP that a courtside stretcher was available but wasn't brought out until Matek-Sands had been administered with painkillers to numb her pain.

Although it was unclear what role the surface played in Mattek-Sands's injury, many players criticized the court conditions on an unusually hot day.

Immediately following the series of events, Mattek-Sands' friends and WTA colleagues began expressing their support on social media. I think was tough because she was stuck on this, Sorana, help me, Sorana help me. I spoke with my physio afterwards, if he knows a little bit more.