TOP seed Irina Falconi staved off a spirited opponent and cold, blustery conditions to advance to the quarter-finals of the William Loud Bendigo International.
The American looked in trouble when her Australian opponent Monique Adamczak took the opening set of their round two clash.
However, Falconi responded strongly to take the match 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
It was the second time in three weeks that Adamczak has take the higher-rated Falconi to three sets.
"I knew this was going to be a tough match,'' Falconi said.
"Monique played very well when we played against each other at Margaret River and that was 6-3 in the third.
"She knows how to play the game."
Falconi said the cold and windy conditions made life hard for the players.
"It's not only physically tough, it's mentally tough,'' she said.
"(Because of the wind) it's a different game at each end of the court. At one end you want to be really aggressive, at the other end you have to defend like crazy. You have to keep a good state of mind."
Falconi, from Florida, has been in Australia since September 27. She's joined forces with an Australian coach - Simon Walsh - and the move has paid dividends.
"I've made two finals and now I'm in the quarters here, so it's been great,'' Falconi said.