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Tennis Star Bethanie Mattek-Sands Screams in Agony After Injury During Wimbledon Match

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American tennis star Bethanie Mattek-Sands shocked spectators around the globe as she collapsed on the grass court Thursday at Wimbledon writhing in pain while clutching her knee.

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The 32-year-old player was facing Sorana Cirstea of Romania when her right leg buckled and she fell to the ground.

She called her help right away, but after a few seconds, she began screaming in pain, leading Cirstea to hop over the tennis net and see what she could do to assist.

The American’s cries intensified as she begged: “Help me! Help me! Please!”

Her husband, Justin, and her opponent, were both seen trying to console her.

It took nearly 20 minutes for medical personal to remove Mattek-Sands from the court on a stretcher and place her in an ambulance where she went for help.

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“I’m not a doctor but you could see that her kneecap was in a very weird position,” Cirstea told Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times after the incident. “She was shouting, ‘Sorana, help me,’ and all I could say was, ‘I’m here, be strong.’”

The duo was in the opening game of the third set of a second-round singles match.

Mattek-Sands suffered ligament damage to the same knee years back.

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