Martina Navratilova, continuing her strong performance in her first tournament since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in November, defeated Laura Gildemeister in straight sets Saturday to gain the final of the $350,000 Toray Pan Pacific tennis tournament against Gabriela Sabatini.
Navratilova, the third seed, beat Gildemeister, the seventh seed from Peru, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), while Sabatini defeated Mary Joe Fernandez for the sixth consecutve time, 6-3, 6-4. Her last loss to the American came at the 1989 French Open.Navratilova holds a 13-3 career advantage over Sabatini.
And Sweden, which made the Davis Cup finals for seven straight years in the 1980s, was eliminated in the first round Saturday.
Yugoslavia clinched a victory over Sweden when Goran Ivanisevic and Goran Prpic beat Stefan Edberg and Peter Lundgren in doubles. That gave Yugoslavia an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the best-of-5 competition.
Ivanisevic, the world's No. 7 player, served seven aces and dominated at the net as the Yugoslavs won 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in Zagreb.