Doha: A day after securing the No.1 ranking, Serena Williams downed Maria Sharapova for a 10th straight time 6-3, 6-2 to reach the Qatar Open final on Saturday.
Williams faces Victoria Azarenka, whom she will replace at the top in Monday's new rankings update. Azarenka beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal, earning her 13th straight victory in 2013.
While Azarenka has been on a roll, she doesn't have a good record against Williams. The American was up 11-1 in their head-to-heads, including winning their last nine matches. However, both players dismissed the lopsided record, with Williiams insisting she won't have any psychological advantage.