WORCESTER, Mass. — West Germany's Claudia Kohde-Kilsch earned a shot at the $40,000 first prize in a Virginia Slims tennis tournament Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kathy Rinaldi.
Kohde-Kilsch, seeded fourth in the $250,000 event, overcame an early deficit and a briefly troublesome shoulder problem for her third victory in seven career meetings with Rinaldi.
The win moved the six-footer into the tonight's final against Martina Navratilova, who whipped her doubles partner, Pam Shriver, 6-1, 6-1, in a later match.
"Today's match was really good, tight in both sets," Rinaldi said. "Claudia is really improved, we haven't played in a year. It was kind of funny because she stayed on the base line more and I came to the net a lot more."