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Pliskova tops Mattek-Sands in Malaysian Open for first title

Associated Press

3/3/2013 9:31:28 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- 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.

Both players were vying for their first WTA singles title, with the 127th-ranked Pliskova winning 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.