LOCAL tennis players have had a strong start to the season in recent events in Shepparton.
A total of seven locals have seen competition in the Goulburn Valley JT in the first days of the new year.
Young gun Isabella Crossman (pictured) had yet another strong showing at the Goulburn Valley JT, cruising through to the semi finals of the 12 and under girls section as the three seed, before falling just shy of the final against two seed Anna Bishop.
Crossman defeated four seed Sarah Birchall in three sets to claim the third placed playoff.
Crossman teamed with 12 and under singles winner Mahi Khore in the age group’s doubles section, where the team lost in the final to Sarah Birchall and Anna Bishop.
In the 12 and under boys section, local Jacob Haines took Roger Cheung to the limit in his singles match, going down 7-5 in both sets.
Mitchell Collins had a good win in his opening round match in the 14 and under boys draw, before losing in the second round to 15 seed Harry Lyons.
Fellow local Silas Kingma had less luck, drawing the number two seed in the second round in Cooper Errey, losing in straight sets.
Collins and Kingma teamed up in the doubles, losing in the second round.
In the 16 and under section, Joshua Bavich scored his way through to the third round before losing to eight seed Zachary Adam-Gedge.
Bavich teamed with Ned Simpson in the doubles, losing in the second round.
Ayla Kingma teamed with Natasha Dodos in the 12 and under doubles, losing in their opening round.
The group then teamed up for the 15 and under mixed doubles tournament.
Silas and Ayla Kingma joined forces, but were eliminated in the opening round.
The other local team of Joshua Bavich and Isabella Crossman produced a strong showing, before being eliminated in the semi finals.