Victoria Azarenka takes on Agnieszka Radwanska today in the semi-finals of the WTA Doha Open.
Azarenka remains unbeaten in 2012 after her convincing 6-0 6-4 quarter-final win over Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer on Friday.
The new world No. 1 has been playing with incredible confidence in recent months, and she seems well on course to win the Doha Open this weekend. The first set was over and done with in just 21 minutes, despite the fact that Wickmayer has been racking up plenty of good results these last few weeks.
"I would consider the first set as a perfect set. I was really going for every shot I could and everything was working," said commented the Belarusian after her win.
"In the second set I had opportunities in every game, I just couldn't convert them. But it's important the way I finished the second set. It was the same way as I started the match."
She continued: "Last year at this time I was a little bit of a mess. I couldn't control any of my emotions. That's one thing when I came back after Doha to Indian Wells I had to change, my mentality on the court, the way I approach a match, the way I approach tough moments.
"Now, I don't try to think about why something is happening to me. I just try to accept it and deal with it. I just try to stay really focused on each moment because it doesn't matter what the score is, you always have a chance until the match is done."
Next up for the Australian Open champion will be a semi-final showdown against Agnieszka Radwanska, who strolled into the final four, thrashing America’s Christina McHale in straight sets, 6-1 6-1.
If she can repeat this kind of performance, the Pole could be the person to stop Azarenka’s unbeaten run.
On current form, the top seed is the favourite, but she’s up against one of the WTA’s best here. This should be a great match.
Prediction: Azarenka in three.