Tennis stars score tournament wins

By Brayden May

LOCAL tennis stars Isabella Crossman and Josh Bavich will hit the new season in top form after respective tournament wins last month.

Crossman added another trophy to her ever-growing collection alongside Amelia Zylberman as the pair took out the 12 and under girls doubles Victorian Junior State Claycourt Championships in Brighton.

The duo absorbed the pressure as the tournament's top seeds, winning all three of their matches in straight sets.

They opened their tournament with a bye through to the second round before accounting for Eirene Nimorakiotakis and Ruby Ward 6-1, 6-1.

Their semi-final against third seeds Araya Burnside and Bridget Mihulka was a tighter affair, as Crossman and Zylberman won 6-3, 6-3.

In the final against fourth seeds Ava Beck and Aliyah Dwyer, the duo took control early in the match before prevailing 6-2, 6-2.

Meanwhile at the Bendigo Junior Open and Association Championships, Bavich combined with Thomas Waterson to earn his first main draw title at a ranking tournament.

Following an opening round bye, Bavich and Waterson comfortably defeated Curtis Fitzgerald and Nathan Lamb 6-2, 6-0 to earn a place in the final.

In a see-sawing final, the pair came out on top in a tiebreak against top seeds Benjamin Ancheta and Dylan Vaughan 6-2, 4-6, 10-1.