Chris Evert Lloyd rebounded from a slow start and, using her patient base-line game, beat 16-year-old West German Steffi Graf, 6-4, 6-2, today in the women's final of the Lipton International Players Championships.
Evert earned $112,500 for her 143rd tournament title. Graf won $56,250.
Graf, a base-liner who patterned her style after Evert's, never has won a set in six career matches with Evert, 31.
Graf took a 3-1 lead in the opening set, breaking Evert in the second and fourth games with the help of a bristling forehand.
But Evert deliberately began to hit away from Graf's forehand, which she called Graf's "most dangerous shot." She capitalized on a wide Graf overhead shot to break serve in the fifth game and held service in the sixth to draw even.
Evert rebounded from a 30-love deficit in the ninth game and broke Graf to take a 5-4 lead. She then served out the 44-minute set.
"I was a bit intimidated by those forehands in the first few games. Once I got over that, I was fine," Evert said. "She didn't make any mistakes in the first four or five games, but you can always count on her making some errors on her forehand because she goes for so many winners."
Evert coasted through the second set, breaking Graf in the third and fifth games.
"She always knows what to do when it's getting close," said Graf. "That's the difference between her and me."
Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia plays Mats Wilander of Sweden for the men's title Sunday after each won his semifinal under unusual circumstances. Jimmy Connors defaulted against Lendl, refusing to continue play because of a disputed line call. Wilander beat Stefan Edberg when Edberg retired in the second set because of a stomach muscle strain.
Wilander said Lendl isn't at the top of his game.
"I think if I play well, I have a chance," Wilander said. "I don't think he's playing as well as he did in the Masters, but he is still winning on confidence. It's going to be tough and I have to play him the same way as if I played him on clay to have a chance."
Brad Gilbert and Vincent Van Patten were awarded the men's doubles title by default today over Anders Jarryd and Edberg because of Edberg's injury.