CARLSBAD — Steffi Graf rebounded from a second-set tiebreaker loss to defeat France's Julie Halard in the third set and win her quarterfinal match, 6-4, 6-7 (8-6), 6-0 in the $400,000 Toshiba Classic on Friday.
The top-ranked Graf was extended through the first two sets before dominating Halard in the final set at the La Costa Resort and Spa.
"I can't say I'm very pleased with the way I'm playing," Graf said. "Things went better in the third set, but it was because she got tired.
"I don't think I'm closing out matches very well. . . . I just don't feel 100% on the court."
The tiebreaker loss for Graf was the second set she has dropped here. Graf lost the first set Wednesday to Lisa Raymond before winning 6-7, (10-8), 6-2, 6-2.