Forget what Caroline Wozniacki says, the stakes have never been higher heading into the Dane's Australian Open final with Simona Halep.
Wozniacki insists she's playing with "house money", while Halep has been rolling the dice all tournament after carrying an ankle injury that had threatened her very participation in the year's first major.
Both have survived multiple match points to scrape into Saturday night's title decider and both are playing for much more than the world No.1 ranking and record-breaking $4 million winner's purse.
"(It's) bigger than No.1, honestly," said Halep, the top-ranked 2014 and 2017 French Open bridesmaid.
"It's also my dream to win a grand slam title. But it's always tough when you are close.
"I had this opportunity two times (before). The last one was very close - maybe Saturday."
It's Wozniacki's dream, too, even if she's not quite as forthcoming.
Halep, Wozniacki and Dinara Safina are the only three women in half a century of professional tennis to have scaled the summit and also lost multiple grand slam finals without breaking through on one of the sport's four-biggest stages.
With 27 titles and 67 weeks atop the rankings, compared to Halep's 16 trophies and 16 weeks as world No.1, Wozniacki will be bidding to shed her tag as arguably women's tennis's most-accomplished talent without a grand slam crown as validation.
But the 2009 and 2014 US Open runner-up is trying not to think about it.
"I still have one match to go," Wozniacki said.
"It's been a great two weeks so far. I'm really happy and proud of how I've managed to turn things around when things weren't going my way and keep it up whenever it was going my way.
"I'm just excited. It's another finals. Regardless of what happens now, I've done my best."
Wozniacki was down and a point from being out of the Open while trailing Jana Fett 5-1, 40-15 in the deciding set of their second-round thriller.
Halep was on the brink not once, but twice during her dramatic run to the final.
The Romanian staved off three-consecutive match points from 0-40 down deep in the third set of her record-setting third-round epic against Lauren Davis, before fighting off two more match points in Thursday's engrossing semi-final win over Angelique Kerber.
WTA officials believe no woman in history has won a grand slam after facing match points in two separate matches.
"Obviously Halep, just like me, was down match points early on in the tournament, has come back and fought her way," Wozniacki said.
"It's exciting because we're both playing for the No.1 ranking. Whoever wins on Saturday will be on the top of the rankings, which I think is a cool storyline.
"I'm just going to go out there and have fun, enjoy the moment."
So, too, will Halep in search of her 12th-straight win of an undefeated 2018.
"I don't want to change anything," the top seed said.
"It's a normal match. I've played many times against her. I have to work. I'm ready for it.
"For sure it's a big challenge. Maybe the biggest one because all the things that were going on this tournament, first grand slam of the year, my first final here.
"So I take it like a nice thing and with good thoughts - nothing else."