Wimbledon defends court conditions after Mattek-Sands suffers knee injury

• US player needed ambulance on Court 17 after right knee gave way
• Kristina Mladenovic also unhappy after defeat on Court 18

A dark mood fell over Wimbledon on Thursday night after Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a sickening knee injury that sparked complaints about the state of the courts at the All England Club and the speed with which the American was treated. Tournament organisers swiftly defended the condition of the courts and denied that Mattek-Sands had not been treated quickly enough.

Mattek-Sands, 32, could be heard crying and screaming out for help before she was attended to and taken to hospital after her right knee gave way early in the third set of her second-round match against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea on Court 17. Elsewhere, there was concern on one of the outside show courts in the match between Kristina Mladenovic, the 12th seed, and Alison Riske.

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