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But she didn’t have one more late-match charge in her.

With a cloudless blue sky and the temperature approaching 90 degrees, Arthur Ashe Stadium was steamy when Sharapova and Azarenka got started, shrieking loudly with nearly every stroke.

Well, Sharapova was ready at the outset, anyway. Azarenka? Not so much.

Sharapova took 12 of the first 17 points, hitting deep, clean groundstrokes, while Azarenka needed 18 minutes to win a single game. When they met in the Australian Open final, Sharapova won a total of three games. She equaled that by the time she led 3-0 when Friday’s semifinal was 11 minutes old.

Azarenka, who came in averaging 20 winners per match in the tournament, managed to produce merely one in the first set. She finished with 19, the same number as her unforced error count. It was Sharapova whose play determined the result on most points: She had 44 winners and 42 unforced errors.

When Sharapova broke Azarenka to go ahead 1-0 in the second set, she appeared to be in control. But that’s when Azarenka really showed up, taking four consecutive games and six of the next seven.