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Pliskova beats Mattek-Sands to win Malaysian Open

Sunday - 3/3/2013, 11:44am  ET

Women's singles champion Karolina Pliskova, right, of the Czech Republic poses with runner-up Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States during the prize presentation after their final match at the WTA Malaysian Open tennis tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, March 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic fought back from a poor first set to beat American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Malaysian Open.

Each was looking for her first WTA singles title, but the 127th-ranked Pliskova won in her first final.

Wild card Mattek-Sands -- a former top-30 player who has slipped to No. 197 -- struggled against her Czech opponent in the third set, which was delayed by more than 30 minutes due to an evening rainstorm.


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