Wimbledon safety row after shocking injury to Bethanie Mattek-Sands
- Author: Kyle Warner Jul 08, 2017,
Jul 08, 2017, 0:28
There has been no official statement from Mattek-Sands' camp as to the extent of her injury, which has led some to believe it might be more serious than previously thought.
American tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a horrific on-field knee injury on Thursday, as a result, she was rushed to the hospital. And the answer is that they just can't do anything, unfortunately, and you have to keep on playing.
Wimbledon defended its response time in a series of tweets, saying a paramedic made it onto court 17 within one minute. "She was shouting "Sorana, help me" and all I could say was "I'm here, be strong".
The third seed looked to be cruising at a set and a break up but switched off and was unable to turn things back in her favour and went down 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Cirstea further added, "I think everyone froze".
Messages of support poured in for Mattek-Sands, well known on the tour for her flamboyant fashion sense and friendly, easy-going nature.
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Incidentally, they are also the best bowling figures for a captain in the history of the showpiece tournament. West Indies Women's lowest-ever ODI total of 41 came against England Women at Loughborough in July, 2008.
"We all know grass is a little bit more unsafe than hard court or clay", she added.
Safarova was pictured in tears at courtside while her stricken friend was wheeled away to a waiting ambulance. I panicked a little bit as well and called for help but no one was coming and I tried to comfort her as much as I could but you could feel the pain. But clearly in blinding pain by this point, the American ace struggled as she was moved onto a stretcher by the EMTs.
Mattek-Sands had to be taken off the court on a stretcher and was immediately transported to a hospital.
"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 scary scene at Court 17 halted play at Wimbledon on July 6.
"I was trying, but of course I felt useless.I wish I could have done more".