Bethanie Mattek-Sands hurts knee in fall; Karolina Pliskova out in upset

American wild-card entrance Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a frightful knee damage during her Wimbledon compare Thursday, and Karolina Pliskova, one of a contest favorites, is out after an dissapoint loss.


Moving toward a net in a opening diversion of a third set opposite Sorana Cirstea of Romania, Mattek-Sands slipped and fell. She immediately retained her right knee and could be listened screaming in pain and sobbing.

Mattek-Sands stayed down in a center of Court 17 and was attended to by medical personnel. She was forced to retire from a second-round compare and was taken to a hospital.

Cirstea described a damage as “heartbreaking” and notation a moments after Mattek-Sands went down to a grass.

“She went into shock. She kept saying, ‘Sorana, assistance me. Sorana, assistance me. Sorana, assistance me,'” Cirstea said. “I said, ‘I’m here, I’m here, I’m here.’ we consider [it] was tough since she was stranded on this, ‘Sorana, assistance me. Sorana, assistance me.’ we said, ‘I am here. You are strong. You can do this.’

“I was trying, though of march we felt useless. In this kind of moment, when she was screaming so loud, we watch a knee, it was a really worried moment. we felt, yeah, a small bit useless. we wish we could have finished more.”

Cirstea pronounced it felt like a prolonged time before medical assistance arrived for Mattek-Sands.

The All England Club shielded a response time in a series of tweets, observant an ambulance technician was during Court 17 within one minute.

Mattek-Sands, 32, is ranked No. 1 in women’s doubles. She and Lucie Safarova have won 3 uninterrupted Grand Slam doubles titles, including during a French Open final month.

Pliskova, who entered a contest with a possibility to take over a No. 1 ranking, mislaid 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 to Magdalena Rybarikova.

“My expectations were a small bit opposite than to make one turn here,” Pliskova said. “That’s tennis, we know. Still, we still can play good and we don’t have to win. That’s my box today.”

Pliskova was a runner-up during a US Open final year and had reached during slightest a quarterfinals of her final 3 Grand Slam events.

With a win, Rybarikova reached a third turn for a second time in 10 appearances during a All England Club.

Top-seeded Angelique Kerber also modernized to a third round, along with seventh-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, ninth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, 14th-seeded Garbine Muguruza and 24th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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