Lately Bethanie Mattek-Sands is showing more than her strange outfits by winning matches. The “Lady Gaga” of tennis has reached the final of the BMW Malaysian Open after defeating third seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 in their semifinal match on Saturday.
"This is an important tournament for me as I'll be going for my first singles title. It will mean more to me than my 12 doubles crowns if I were to win it," said Mattek-Sands, who is ranked world No 197."I reached as high as 30 before all my injuries and I hope this is a good start for me to climb up the rankings.”
The 28 year old American Mattek-Sands has 12 doubles titles, including last week's Dubai Duty Free Championships with Sania Mirza. In January, the pair also won the doubles championship of the Brisbane International tournament.
In Sunday’s final, Mattek-Sands will meet unseeded Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic. Pliskova downed fourth seed Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-0, 6-2 in 46 minutes to play her first final of a WTA tournament.
"I expected a tough match but and I'm surprised it wasn't," said world number 127 Pliskova, who turns 21 on March 21, has not dropped a set in the BMW Malaysian Open.