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Mattek-Sands thanks fans for messages after her horror injury


By Tom Allnutt

Bethanie Mattek-Sands has thanked well-wishers for their concern after suffering a horrific knee injury at Wimbledon.

The 32-year-old was having tests yesterday morning on the right knee that appeared to buckle during her second-round match against Sorana Cirstea.

The harrowing incident occurred on Court 17 on Thursday.

Mattek-Sands was attacking and looking to play a volley when she fell and immediately felt intense pain, screaming out: "Help me. F***. Help me please."

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

Doubles specialist Mattek-Sands was taken away on a stretcher to hospital and Wimbledon said she had suffered an "acute knee injury", which Cirstea felt was a dislocated kneecap.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) said yesterday: "Bethanie is undergoing more scans and we should know more within the next few hours.

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

Mattek-Sands and doubles partner Lucie Safarova, who went to the court when she heard about the injury, were favourites to add Wimbledon to their US Open, Australian Open and French Open titles.

Cirstea was critical about how long it took for assistance to arrive, saying: "It took a long time for the stretcher. I don't know how long she was on the ground but I would say 10, 15 minutes."

The All England club said a qualified ambulance technician responded within one minute.

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