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

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.