MELBOURNE, Australia — Martina Navratilova powered past defending champion Chris Evert Lloyd, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, today to win the women's singles title in the $1.5-million Australian Open tennis championships.
The victory, worth $100,000, assured Navratilova of the No. 1 ranking for the year.
"Martina must be considered No. 1 now," Lloyd conceded.
It was Navratilova's third Australian Open title. Her previous victories came in 1981 and 1983. Lloyd, who received $50,000 as runner-up, was bidding for her third title.
"That was tough on the nerves," Navratilova said after the 1-hour 44-minute match. "It seems Chris and I always play great matches.
"Even though I lost the second set, I felt in control. I knew this was it. I knew it was for the No. 1 ranking. I was going to go after it, and I did."