Mattek-Sands horror injury puts Djokovic, Federer in shadow

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By 2017-07-08

(AFP) Colourful US star Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered an horrific knee injury at Wimbledon on Thursday which left her screaming in pain, pleading for help and officials accused of freezing in her desperate moment of need.

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 on to the sidelines.

"Please help me! Please! Please!" screamed Mattek-Sands as she clutched her right knee after collapsing running to the net in the first point of the deciding set of her second round match against Romania's Sorana Cirstea.

The women's tour said Mattek-Sands had suffered an "acute knee injury" and had been taken to hospital.

Cirstea questioned why it took so long for the medical team to arrive at Court 17 which is right next door to the tournament's famed Centre Court.

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