MELBOURNE, Australia — Top-seeded Steffi Graf routed fellow West German Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, 6-2, 6-3, today to advance to the women's finals of the Australian Open.
Graf, 18, took just 45 minutes to defeat Kohde-Kilsch, despite dropping the first two games at love.
On Wednesday night, defending champion Stefan Edberg withstood a stern challenge from unseeded Soviet Andrei Chesnokov to advance to the semifinals with a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Graf's win put her in a Grand Slam final for the fourth time in her career. In the final Saturday, she will face Chris Evert or Martina Navratilova, who met in today's other semifinal.
Graf's victory extended her winning streak to 20 matches. Her last loss was to Navratilova in the U.S. Open final.
Graf extended her record against Kohde-Kilsch to 5-2.
Graf reeled off six games in a row in the first set, exploiting the lack of mobility and poor volleying of eighth-seeded Kohde-Kilsch, who was plagued by a pulled tendon in her right foot.