London - Bethanie Mattek-Sands was undergoing more tests on
her right knee on Friday following her sickening injury at Wimbledon which left
her screaming: "Please, help me, please, please".
The 32-year-old American was being treated in a nearby
private hospital where she was taken on Thursday after her knee appeared to
buckle as she approached the net in her second round clash with Sorana Cirstea
on Court 17.
"Bethanie is currently undergoing more scans this
morning and we should know more within the next few hours," said the WTA
Tour in a statement.
"Bethanie of course thanks everyone for their kind
wishes and messages of support."
Romanian player Cirstea was visibly upset and said her
friend's knee was "out... and in a very weird position".
"I freaked out. I have never seen such an injury
before, the knee was really in a bad position. It was like something you see
only in the movies," said Cirstea.
"I tried to comfort her but I panicked. I felt useless.
All she kept saying was 'Sorana, help me, help me.
"I wish I could have done more. You wouldn't wish that
on your worst enemy."
Concerns were also raised over the amount of time it took a
medical crew to reach the stricken Mattek-Sands even though Court 17 is just a
stone's throw from the tournament's Centre Court.
Cirstea said only she, her physio and Justin Mattek-Sands,
the player's husband, attended to the American star and said it took around
10-15 minutes for a stretcher to arrive.
However, the All England Club insisted in a statement:
"The first response to Court 17 was within one minute, by a qualified