Locals perform well at Bendigo tournament

By Andrew Johnston

FOUR Echuca-Moama tennis players have completed a dominant showing at the Bendigo International Pro Tour JT and AMT.

Isabella Crossman, Josh Bavich, Philippa Bush and Jacob Haines brought home three tournament wins from six entries at the event last weekend.

Crossman dropped a combined eight games and only once came close to losing a set as she flew past the competition to claim the 14 and under girls singles tournament.

Crossman easily accounted for first round opponent Katerina Piromalis 4-0, 4-0, before defeating quarter final opponent Jess Edwards by the same margin.

She would drop her first game of the tournament in the first set of the semi-final against Brooke Marshall, winning the set 6-1, before a highly competitive second set saw her win through to the final 6-4.

Against Jaimin Mandi, Crossman would dominate 6-1, 6-2 to claim the tournament.

Crossman would also team up with Bavich for the AMT mixed doubles, where after receiving a first-round bye, the would fly past Steven Bruni and Katie Corley 6-0 to make the final, which they would claim over James and Hope Curtis-McDonald 6-3.

Carrying the one seed, Philippa Bush would claim the 12 and under girls title.

Advancing to the second round on a bye, Bush made easy work of Angel Mishra 4-1, 4-1 in the second round and seven seed Kendyl Stojcevski 4-0, 4-2 to advance to the semi-final.

Bush would again make easy work of her opponent, defeating Jessica N 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the final.

Against two seed Lucy Bassett, Bush would easily claim the championship 6-2, 6-1.

After a second-round exit in the 14 and under boys tournament, Jacob Haines would produce strongly in the consolation draw to make it to the semi final with a 4-2, 4-1 win.

Haines would fall just short of the final, losing to Ethan Butson 4-0, 4-2.

Bavich, entered in the mens singles AMT tournament, would be eliminated in the opening round, before making it to the final of the consolation draw with three straight wins.

Unfortunately, he would go down in the final 5-3, 4-0 to two seed Andrew Ilett.

In the 14 and under girls doubles, Crossman and partner Willow Barnett would make it to the final as the two seed, before losing in a tight contest to Jessica Board and Brooke Marshall 7-6, 7-5.