Petra Martic's best WTA results before Kuala Lumpur were semifinals at Bogota and Copenhagen in 2011.
Petra Martic got to another one in Kuala Lumpur, upsetting Peng Shuai in the quarterfinals, 46 76(3) 64.
The No.19-ranked Peng was Petra Martic's second Top 20 win, after then-No.15 Yanina Wickmayer in 2010.
The off-court activities for the players continued late into the week, including a horseriding activity.
Peng Shuai, who was the No.3 seed, was in good spirits despite the loss and did some sponsor visits.
Greek veteran Eleni Daniilidou reached her first semifinal since winning the Hobart title in January 2008.
Like Petra Martic, Hsieh Su-Wei sought her first WTA final. She did it, beating Eleni Daniilidou, 60 46 61.
The second semifinal between Jelena Jankovic and Petra Martic was pushed to Sunday because of rain.
Petra Martic lost the first set and trailed 2-0 in the second and 4-1 in the third, even match point...
But it wasn't over, and Petra Martic scored a marathon 67(5) 75 76(5) win over No.2 seed Jelena Jankovic.
Shortly afterwards, the all-Taiwanese team of Chang Kai-Chen and Chuang Chia-Jung won the doubles title.
Chang Kai-Chen and Chuang Chia-Jung beat Chan Hao-Ching and Rika Fujiwara in the doubles final, 75 64.
Petra Martic burst out to a 62 42 lead in the final but Hsieh Su-Wei rallied, and Martic couldn't go on.
Petra Martic had to stop due to heat exhaustion, giving Hsieh Su-Wei a 26 75 41 retirement victory.
Hsieh Su-Wei is Chinese Taipei's second player to win a WTA title, after six-time winner Wang Shi-Ting.