Doubles World No.1 Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered an acute knee injury during her second-round singles match on Thursday.
WTA Staff

LONDON, Great Britain - WTA doubles World No.1 Bethanie Mattek-Sands has thanked well-wishers for their support after undergoing scans on the acute knee injury she suffered in her second-round singles match against Sorana Cirstea.

At the start of the deciding set on Thursday, Mattek-Sands sustained the injury as she approached the net, collapsing on Court 17 as her right knee gave way, and needing to be stretchered off in an emotional scene.

A WTA spokesperson said on Friday: "Bethanie is currently undergoing more scans this morning, and we should know more within the next few hours. Bethanie of course thanks everyone for their kind wishes and messages of support."

After the match, her Romanian opponent led the chorus of goodwill towards the American.

"It's not easy because at the end of the day it's not about tennis any more," said Cirstea. "We are like a family. You want everyone to be okay. It doesn't matter you win, you lose, once you are out, you want them to be okay."

The duo had split sets, with Mattek-Sands winning the opener, 6-4, before Cirstea won the second set tiebreak ahead of the unfortunate end. 

"She went into shock. She kept saying, 'Sorana help me, Sorana help me, Sorana help me.' I said, 'I'm here, I'm here, I'm here...I am here, you are strong, you can do this,'" Cirstea said.

"I was trying, but of course I felt useless...I wish I could have done more."

The All-England Club released a statement following the match: "The first response to Court 17 was within one minute, by a qualified ambulance technician. The player was kept on court while pain relief was given...[she] was then transferred directly to an ambulance and taken under emergency conditions to a hospital."

Immediately following the series of events, Mattek-Sands' friends and WTA colleagues began expressing their support on social media.

"From my side, I tried to help as much as I could, to comfort her, to be there. Actually, Bethanie is my friend. We get along so well. She's an unbelievably good girl. You don't even want this to happen to your worst enemy. "
Sorana Cirstea
"I hope is not as bad that it seemed, and she can have a quick, quick recovery. I'm very sad about everything that happened."
Sorana Cirstea