Valley woman suffers gruesome knee injury at Wimbledon

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Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States returns to Romania's Sorana Cirstea during their Women's Singles Match on day four at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States returns to Romania's Sorana Cirstea during their Women's Singles Match on day four at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Romania's Sorana Cirstea returns to Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States during their Women's Singles Match on day four at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Romania's Sorana Cirstea returns to Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States during their Women's Singles Match on day four at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
LONDON (3TV/CBS 5/AP) -

American wild-card entry Bethanie Mattek-Sands injured her right knee during a point and retired from her second-round match at Wimbledon.

Moving up toward the net in the opening game of the third set against Sorana Cirstea of Romania, Mattek-Sands slipped and fell. She immediately clutched her right knee. She could be heard screaming, "Please help me!" as she was on the ground waiting for paramedics.

Mattek-Sands stayed down in the middle of Court 17 and was attended to by medical personnel.

She was taken off the court in a stretch and driven to the hospital.

Mattek-Sands lives in Phoenix.

The 32-year-old Mattek-Sands is ranked No. 1 in women’s doubles. She and her partner, Lucie Safarova, have won three consecutive Grand Slam doubles titles, including at the French Open last month.

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