Wimbledon 2017: Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffers ruptured patella tendon, to undergo surgery

Wimbledon 2017: Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffers ruptured patella tendon, to undergo surgery

Wimbledon 2017: Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffers ruptured patella tendon, to undergo surgery

Mattek-Sands was eventually taken to hospital while Wimbledon said she had suffered an "acute knee injury", which Cirstea felt was a dislocated kneecap.

On Saturday, Mattek-Sands said she had dislocated the patella and ruptured the patella tendon in her knee and will need surgery.

Sania tweeted after Mattek's injury, "I love you @BMATTEK you are the biggest fighter I know and you will come back stronger than ever." and shared a picture of them from their days as doubles partners with her fans on Instagram.

Mattek-Sands, who was stretchered off Court 17 after she was attended to by trainers for more than 10 minutes, also confirmed she will be out a "while" as she recovers from surgery.

Rafael Nadal partially tore his patellar tendon in 2013, with a doctor at the time saying tendon recovery takes "a long time".

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"I have seen photos and Justin telling me not to look at the leg but I said 'FU, I have already looked at it", she added. The support has been getting me through this. The 32-year-old was later carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital. "Of course you wonder what happen if it was a heart issue or something like this".

She said it felt like "an eternity" before she was taken off court, and remembered insisting her leg must not be straightened until she was under heavy sedation, warning her husband, "If anyone straightens my leg I'm going to kill you".

"Really wish they would turn the cameras and mics off on Bethanie's court", tweeted fellow American player Madison Keys as the shocking images and sounds of her compatriot were played out on the tournament TV screens.

According to a New York Times reporter, Mattek-Sands could still be heard screaming 15 minutes later.

The All England club said a qualified ambulance technician responded within one minute.

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