Gabriela Sabatini emerged from the shadow of teen-age rival Steffi Graf by winning the Virginia Slims Championships with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Pam Shriver.

It was the first major singles title for the 18-year-old Argentine, who lost to Graf in last year's final.Sabatini, the fourth seed, earned $125,000 for winning the season-ending tournament in New York, the biggest paycheck of her career.