DEFENDING champion Arina Rodionova fought back from the brink of elimination to nail down a spot in the semi-finals of the first William Loud Bendigo International on Friday.
The Russian dropped the first set of her quarter-final against Erika Sema 0-6 before pulling-off a stunning comeback.
Rodionova gritted her way to victory by winning the next two sets in dramatic tiebreaks.
The sixth seed scraped through a tense second set tiebreak 9-7 and then clinched the third set tiebreak 7-5.
Sema will be shattered to be on the sidelines when the final four players hit the Nolan Street courts on Saturday.
The Japanese star led most stats, including breaks of serve (7-4), most games won in a row (10-4) and points won (128-123).
But Rodionova found a way to win and has set up a semi-final showdown against her doubles partner Noppawan Lertcheewakarn on court one from 11am on Saturday.
In a battle of the giant-killers, Lertcheewakarn edged into the semi-finals with a 7-5 2-6 6-4 triumph over Melbourne's Viktorija Rajicic.
Rajicic was left to rue only converting six of her 18 break point opportunities for the match.
Her Thai opponent broke serve six times from just eight chances.
Following Rajicic's exit, Casey Dellacqua is the sole Australian player left flying the flag in the singles draw of the $50,000 tournament.
The 2011 Bendigo International winner defeated eighth seed Irena Pavlovic 6-3 6-3 in their quarter-final.
Dellacqua fell behind 1-3 after a break of serve in the first set, but then peeled-off the next six games to clinch the first set and take a 1-0 lead in the second.
Dellacqua continually pounced on the Frenchwoman's serve and had 17 break point opportunities for the match.
She will now face top seed Irina Falconi for a berth in the final.
In a tight quarter-final contest, the American eliminated fifth seed Sachie Ishizu 7-5 6-4.
Falconi and Dellacqua will do battle on court one not before 12.30pm.