Wimbledon: Bethanie Mattek-Sands hospitalised screaming in pain after horrific fall

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The tournament said only that Mattek-Sands had "an acute knee injury".

"Of course you wonder what happen if it was a heart issue or something like this", Cirstea said.

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 All England Club said that a "qualified ambulance technician" was on the scene within a minute, but that did not stop the drama.

"I love you @BMATTEK you are the biggest fighter I know and you will come back stronger than ever", tweeted India's Sania Mirza, her former doubles partner.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands was waiting today to find out the severity of her injury after a horror fall during her singles match at Wimbledon.

"I was anxious about, maybe, our safety, to be honest", Riske said.

Mattek-Sands received medical attention in under 30 seconds, with an ambulance on the grounds taking her off roughly a minute later.

The distressing drama on Court 17, where the 32-year-old lay stricken for at least 20 minutes, pushed the title campaigns of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer onto the sidelines. "I'm not a doctor but you could see that her kneecap was in a very weird position", she said. As she did so, however, her knee buckled beneath her and she fell to the grass turf, screaming in pain.

"She kept saying: 'Sorana, help me!" You should look at the video and time how long it took. "I wish I could have done more".

She was treated on court with oxygen and a (presumably) pain injection, before being stretchered out, still screaming "it hurts, it hurts so much" as she was taken away, while stunned onlookers watched.

Mattek-Sands' husband, Justin, tried to console his wife as medics arrived.

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