Posted: Sun March 3, 2013 11:04AM; Updated: Sun March 3, 2013 11:04AM

Bethanie Mattek-Sands falls in Malaysian Open final

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Karolina Pliskova (left) shakes hands with Bethanie Mattek-Sands after their singles final.
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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.

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.

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