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JAPAN: GRAF WINS PAN PAC TENNIS OPEN FINAL OVER NATVRATILOVA

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Top seed Steffi Graf powered her way past defending champion Martina Navratilova on Sunday (February 6) to clinch victory in the final of the 750,000 US dollars Toray Pan Pacific Open women's tennis event in Tokyo. The world number one outplayed the veteran Czech-born American 6-2 6-4 on the fast carpet surface at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. It was sweet revenge for the German after losing to Navratilova in the semi-finals here in 1993. Their career record against each other now stands at nine wins apiece over nine years. Sunday's loss deprived second-seeded Navratilova, kicking off the final season of her magnificent 19-year career, of a sentimental title win. Graf came to Tokyo fresh from victory in last week's Australian Open, which made her the proud holder of a non-calendar year Grand Slam. This win in Asia's most prestigious women's tournament earned the 24-year old German multi-millionaire from Bruehl a cheque for another 150,000. Navratilova, at 37 still bursting with athletic vigour, had little time to mull her disappointment. She was due back on court almost immediately to contest the doubles final with Manon Bollegraf of the Netherlands against her old American doubles partner Pam Shriver and Australia's Elizabeth Smylie.

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Reuters News
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JAPAN: GRAF WINS PAN PAC TENNIS OPEN FINAL OVER NATVRATILOVA
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Reuters
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Top seed Steffi Graf powered her way past defending champion Martina Navratilova on Sunday (February 6) to clinch victory in the final of the 750,000 US dollars Toray Pan Pacific Open women's tennis event in Tokyo. The world number one outplayed the veteran Czech-born American 6-2 6-4 on the fast carpet surface at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. It was sweet revenge for the German after losing to Navratilova in the semi-finals here in 1993. Their career record against each other now stands at nine wins apiece over nine years. Sunday's loss deprived second-seeded Navratilova, kicking off the final season of her magnificent 19-year career, of a sentimental title win. Graf came to Tokyo fresh from victory in last week's Australian Open, which made her the proud holder of a non-calendar year Grand Slam. This win in Asia's most prestigious women's tournament earned the 24-year old German multi-millionaire from Bruehl a cheque for another 150,000. Navratilova, at 37 still bursting with athletic vigour, had little time to mull her disappointment. She was due back on court almost immediately to contest the doubles final with Manon Bollegraf of the Netherlands against her old American doubles partner Pam Shriver and Australia's Elizabeth Smylie.
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1994-02-06