Steffi Graf, reversing last month's loss at Wimbledon, beat Zina Garrison, 6-4, 7-5, yesterday in the Great American Bank semifinals in San Diego. Graf next plays Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, who beat Barbara Paulus, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1.
After winning three of the last four games to win the first set, the top-ranked Graf overcame a 2-4 deficit in the second set.
"The way she plays, taking power away from you and coming in on the approach, she's very tough," Graf said. "To come back after being down 2-4 makes me very happy."
In that comeback, Graf survived five break points for a 6-5 lead. That 11th game, which lasted 12 points, started with Graf falling behind 0-40, but she eventually prevailed with a service winner and a passing shot off a short ball. Graf then decided the match by breaking Garrison in five points, winning on a backhand passing shot.
ATP Championships: Being No. 1 in the world doesn't mean it's time to take it easy for Stefan Edberg. "When I woke up this morning, I said to myself, 'It's back to work again,' " he said after beating Andres Gomez, 7-5, 6-3, in Mason, Ohio.
Edberg passed Ivan Lendl for No. 1 on the ATP computer Friday by beating Michael Chang. Today, in a repeat of last year's final, he meets defending champion Brad Gilbert, who beat unseeded Scott Davis, 6-3, 6-4.
Gomez had his serve broken when he hit a forehand long at 5-5 and 30-40 in the first set. Edberg then held service to win the set. At 3-3 in the second set, Edberg broke again when Gomez netted a drop shot.
Virginia Slims: In Albuquerque, top-seeded Jana Novotna survived a battle at the net with third-seeded Anne Smith, 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 7-5, who escaped five match points before falling. Novotna meets Laura Gildemeister, a baseliner who outplayed Susan Sloane, 6-2, 6-2, today for the title.