Top-seeded Martina Navratilova, trailing by 1-3 and 2-4 in the first set, rallied to take eight straight games and gain a 6-4, 6-2 third-round victory over Larisa Savchenko in the Virginia Slims of Dallas last night.
Savchenko's serve-and-volley game and unpredictable tactics confused Navratilova early in the match.
"She made some crazy shots, shots you wouldn't normally try in certain situations," Navratilova said. "You wonder if she's really that good, if she knows what she's doing, or what. She either hits a winner or misses."
Savchenko, 21, is one of six Soviet women competing this winter on the Virginia Slims tour in preparation for Olympic competition. Eighth-seeded Natalia Zvereva, 16, the only Soviet player left in the tournament, faces second-seeded Pam Shriver in one of today's quarterfinals.
In another match, fourth-seeded Zina Garrison of Houston downed Maria Lindstrom of Sweden, 6-1, 6-1.
Nabisco Grand Prix:
Dan Goldie of McLean was ousted by Michiel Schapers of the Netherlands, 6-3, 6-4, in the second round of the event in Rotterdam. In other matches, Stefan Edberg beat Magnus Gustafsson, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, and Jimmy Connors beat Libor Pimek, 6-2, 6-3.