RUSSIAN star Margarita Gasparyan collapsed in agony on the grass of Wimbledon and had to retire hurt in floods of tears.
She collapsed at the back of Court No3 during her clash with eighth seed Elina Svitolina.
Her opponent and the chair umpire provided the first piece of assistance, giving her drinks and a towel to rest her head on.
Then the medic joined Gasparyan, 24, on court to test out the severity of the injury.
After receiving treatment on the court for a number of minutes, including ice at the baseline, the Russian tried to carry on through the pain.
She dropped the next point to drop serve – falling 6-5 down in the second set – and received more help during the 90-second change of ends.
But as Svitolina brought up 40-15 and two set points, the emotional Gasparyan came to the net and hugged Svitolina as she retired.
She received an ovation as she gingerly hobbled off court as her Wimbledon dream came to an end.
The Russian had threatened to cause a major shock after taking the first set 7-5 against the eighth seed and was therefore on course for a major shock until the injury.
It appeared to be a knee ligament injury and there was already plenty of strapping before the fall.
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At first, memories of Bethanie Mattek-Sands’ horror injury two years ago came flooding back.
The American dislocated her knee and ruptured the patella tendon when she collapsed on Court 17 during a singles match.
Today, though, the injury was clearly not as severe thankfully – but St John’s Ambulance crew rushed to the court in case.