INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Steffi Graf defeated Wendy Turnbull and Hana Mandlikova beat Kathy Rinaldi Saturday to advance to the final of the $100,000 Newsweek women's tennis tournament.
Graf, a 17-year-old West German ranked No. 3 in the world, powered her way past Australia's Wendy Turnbull, 6-3, 6-1, and Mandlikova defeated Kathy Rinaldi, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
The Graf-Turnbull match began with neither player able to hold service. There were five consecutive services breaks and a total of six in their opening set at Grand Champions resort.
"In the beginning, I had problems with Wendy's low slice and I didn't serve well," Graf said. "In the second set, everything worked pretty well for me."