Sloane Stephens beat Bojana Jovanovski on day 8 the Australian Open round of 16, and I think she may have done it with mirrors. For what it's worth, I probably would have said the same thing about Jovanovski if she had won. This was a match in which the momentum significantly shifted (from a Stephens dominance to a Jovanovski dominance) after the first set, which Stephens won handily, 6-1. The young Serbian player, who like to hit hard from both sides, took charge of things in the second set, which she won 6-3.
Jovanovski went up 3-1 in the third set. Then, serving at 4-5 and break point down, Stephens did something big: She hit her first (and only) ace of the match. Jovanovski got tight and was broken at love, and Stephens successfully served for the match.
It wasn't pretty. Stephens and Jovanovski made 92 unforced errors (Jovanovski made six more than her opponent), and between them, they hit 34 winners. But for all the nerves and sloppiness displayed by the two players, it was Stephens who knew how to close, and that was impressive. Her victory moves Stephens into the top 20, by the way.
World number 1 Victoria Azarenka beat Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-1, and will play Svetllana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.