Steffi Graf and partner Claudia Kohde-Kilsch gave West Germany its first Federation Cup title with a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 doubles victory over Pam Shriver and Chris Evert of the United States in the women's team tennis championship yesterday in West Vancouver, British Columbia.
The West Germans, appearing in their fifth final, made a stirring comeback after losing the first set when Shriver and Evert forced four service breaks.
The West German team trailed by 4-0 in the second set, then had four service breaks to win, 7-5. Graf, 18, and Kohde-Kilsch, 23, won the final set by breaking service in the seventh game before a capacity crowd of more than 7,600 at the Hollyburn Country Club.
The U.S. team, which has won 12 of the previous 24 Federation Cups, tried to defend the title it took last year in Prague. This year, however, No. 1 player Martina Navratilova was sidelined by injury.
Shriver opened the best-of-three final with a 6-0, 7-6 (7-5) singles victory over Kohde-Kilsch.
"When you win your first nine games against someone like Claudia, you know you've played a great match," said Shriver, 25, of Lutherville, Md. "She was helping me a bit, but I wasn't making any errors."
Graf, the world's No. 2-ranked singles player, used her powerful forehand to subdue Evert, 6-2, 6-1, to force the doubles showdown against the No. 1-seeded Americans.
It was only the second time Evert, 32, had lost at singles in the Federation Cup. She dropped a match last year to Sandra Cecchini of Italy.
Joakim Nystrom of Sweden continued his comeback from a series of 1986 injuries by rallying to defeat compatriot and world No. 3 Stefan Edberg, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, in the final of the $175,000 tournament in Bastad.
Nystrom, ranked No. 12, beat No. 2 Mats Wilander in the semifinals earlier this week. He also defeated No. 1 Ivan Lendl on clay in the Italian Open in May.