. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Eyes Skate Gold

INDIAN WELLS, California () -- World No. 1 Steffi Graf faced her toughest challenge by far at the Evert Cup tennis tournament, but the top seed survived to reach the finals.

Graf, playing her first tournament of the year, struggled for two hours and 44 minutes to get past seventh-seeded American Lindsay Davenport 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 on Thursday.

In the final, the German star will meet the winner of Friday's semifinal between Conchita Martinez of Spain and Kimiko Date of Japan.