For Victoria Azarenka, a surprise United States Open run began to unravel in the seventh game of the second set, the 14th game of a Saturday afternoon final that had been nearly perfect for her from the start.
Her flawless first set began and ended with service breaks as Naomi Osaka came out looking like a shadow of the player who had blasted her way through her first six matches.
Tentative? Scared? Who knew?
To Azarenka, it mattered little.
The tennis court has been a place of calm over the…