Stefan Edberg breezed while Boris Becker had his hands full yesterday before advancing as they set up another final confrontation today in the $2 million Paris Open indoor tennis tournament.
Edberg needed less than an hour to beat Sergi Bruguera of Spain, 6-3, 6-3, but Becker had to come from behind to defeat Jonas Svensson of Sweden, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. Becker's match lasted 2 hours 15 minutes.
It will be the 27th time Edberg and Becker have met in a tournament final. Becker holds a 17-9 lead and has beaten Edberg in straight sets twice over the past month, but lost at Wimbledon.
Many fans expected Becker to move without effort into the final, but Svensson had other ideas as he took the first set and went up a break in the second. But Becker got himself into gear and won 11 of the last 14 games. . . .
Martina Navratilova and Monica Seles reached the final of the Virginia Slims of California in Oakland and will play each other for the fourth time this year. Seles has won two of the three.
Navratilova turned back Meredith McGrath, 6-4, 6-3, and Seles bounced 1989 champion Zina Garrison, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.