BRIGHTON, England -- West German Steffi Graf Saturday reached her 10th major tennis tournament final of the year at the $200,000 international event at the Brighton Center.
With a display of powerful ground strokes, the 17-year-old demolished South African Ros Fairbank 6-1, 6-2 in only 49 minutes.
Graf, the world's No. 3-ranked player, will meet Sweden's Catarina Lindqvist for the $40,000 first prize Sunday. Lindqvist, 23, overcame a second-set lapse to defeat West Germany's Bettina Bunge 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in a match lasting 2 hours.
Graf, who was unhappy with her play against Californian Robin White in the quarterfinal Friday, felt confident after disposing of Fairbank.
'I played 100 percent better today than I did earlier in the week,' said Graf, who will be attempting to snag her eighth title of the season. 'This win has given me the confidence I needed for tomorrow.'
Graf won the first three games and kept Fairbank completely on the defensive.
She wrapped up the opening set in only 23 minutes and was almost as quick in the second, never allowing Fairbank, ranked No. 34, to find her rhythm.
Lindqvist, who showed her improved form by holding four match points against Martina Navratilova in Stuttgart, West Germany, last week, dominated Bunge in the early stages of the match.
But after taking the first set and opening a 5-2 advantage in the second, she allowed her rival back in the match. Bunge broke back and took the set to a tie-break, which she won.
The West German continued to match Lindqvist until 3-3 in the deciding set, when the Swede regained control.
Graf also reached the final of the doubles event when she and Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia, defeated White and Alycia Moulton of Sacramento, Calif., 6-2, 6-4.
Graf and Sukova will play Denmark's Tine Scheuer-Larsen and Cathy Tanvier of France, who ousted the British pair, Jo Durie and Anne Hobbs, 7-6, 4-6, 6-1.