Wimbledon issue Bethanie Mattek-Sands statement: Emergency declared, star in hospital

Posted July 07, 2017

American tennis star Bethanie Mattek-Sands was rushed to a hospital on Thursday after suffering a brutal knee injury during a Wimbledon match.

Mattek-Sands, who had won the first set but dropped the second, remained on the ground while clutching her right knee and screaming "help me" for an extended period of time - "How much time does it take to bring a stretcher?"

And opponent Cirstea, who was first on the spot to help her stricken friend, felt the American wildcard entrant was left too long crying in pain.

"I tried to comfort her but I panicked".

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.

The All England Club insists it provided Bethanie Mattek-Sands with urgent medical assistance nearly immediately after the doubles star suffered a sickening knee injury.

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"These painkillers are not working", she was heard to say before she was taken off the court, according to The Sun newspaper. She was later seen in tears at courtside.

"It was like something you see only in the movies", Cirstea said.

Maria Sharapova said the surface on Court Two where she lost to Michelle Larcher de Brito was "dangerous" after she fell a number of times. It was heartbreaking because she went into shock and it took a while until the medical team was there. Her knee was in a very weird position.

The 32-year-old Mattek-Sands is ranked No 1 in women's doubles.

Support for Mattek-Sands came in from fellow players.