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Wild card Mattek-Sands, Pliskova reach Malaysian Open final

Associated Press

3/2/2013 10:19:42 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Wild card Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat third-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia at the Malaysian Open to reach her first WTA singles final in two years.

Mattek-Sands won the first set 6-4 on Saturday before the semifinal match was suspended for an hour because of rain. When play resumed the American quickly took the second set 6-1 to set up a final against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

The 127th-ranked Pliskova needed only 46 minutes to defeat fourth-seeded Ayumi Morita 6-0, 6-2 of Japan to reach her first WTA final.