WASHINGTON — Top-seeded Martina Navratilova crushed Zina Garrison, 6-1, 6-2, Sunday night to join Bulgaria's Manuela Maleeva in the final of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Washington tennis tournament.
Sunday afternoon, Maleeva, the tournament's fourth-seeded player, beat unseeded Kathy Rinaldi, 7-6, 6-1, to earn her spot in tonight's final.
Maleeva captured the match after taking the first-set tiebreaker 9-7 and then winning six-straight games in the second set.
Navratilova, a six-time winner here, is seeking her 100th career singles title. Her victory over Garrison was her ninth without a losing set.