Victoria Azarenka takes on Agnieszka Radwanska on Thursday in the second semi-final at the Apia Sydney International.
Azarenka battled her way into the semi-finals on Wednesday with a 7-5 6-4 win over France’s Marion Bartoli. The world No. 3 appears to be hitting form in perfect time ahead of next week's Australian Open, although she’s not been receiving as much media attention as many of the other contenders.
The Belarusian claims not to be concerned about her ranking at the moment, telling reporters: "You know, it's just numbers.
"You have to go far in the tournament and get those ranking points to become number one, number two. You just have to win matches. For me, I'm really focusing on winning matches and improving my game. With that, the results come, right?"
Azarenka’s matchup with Bartoli was played in unusual conditions due to a power failure, but the third seed simply viewed this in a positive light, saying it was "fun."
"If it was perfect it would be too boring. No lights, lots of wind... I mean, it's exciting. It was a distraction but I think it was for both of us. I was just trying to take it as the conditions that I have to deal with."
Praising her opponent after the contest, Azarenka continued: "Marion played some incredible tennis. We always have tough matches, so I was expecting to have another tough battle.
"She really made me dig deep today and lift my game, which I'm glad I could at the important moments. It was a great test and a good match. I'm glad to have won that kind of fight."
Azarenka will now take on Radwanska, who claimed a 3-6 7-5 6-2 win over Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday, as the Dane injured her left wrist with the Australian Open about to begin.
Prediction: Azarenka in two.