Eliot Teltscher kept Vitas Gerulaitis pinned to the base line for a 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 victory in the South African championship in Johannesburg worth $40,000.

The third-seeded Teltscher took command early, helped when Gerulaitis repeatedly played to Teltscher's formidable backhand.

Gerulaitis, the fourth seed, dropped his first service in each of the first two sets, but steadied in the third, only to be beaten by hard and accurate returns . . .

In Sydney, Martina Navratilova took 40 minutes to beat Ann Henricksson -- the last player to make the draw -- 6-1, 6-1, in the New South Wales Open final.

It was Henricksson's first tournament final; it was Navratilova's 99th tournament title. She goes for No. 100 this week in the Australian Open.

"I feel I'm moving a lot better than I have for a long time," Navratilova said. "I feel quicker than I did at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open this year. All areas of my game feel solid." . . .

In the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Anne Minter upset 11th-seeded Catarina Lindqvist, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2. The top seeds have first-round byes . . .

Mark Dickson won his first Grand Prix tournament, beating defending champion Heinz Gunthardt, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, in the Toulouse (France) Open.

Dickson, ranked 51st in the world, used an accurate serve-annd volley game to win.