Isabella Crossman enjoys stunning school holiday success

By Brayden May

WHILE others may have been enjoying their school holidays, Rich River tennis star Isabella Crossman was busy adding to her ever growing trophy cabinet.

It all started with the 2019 Dingley End of Year JT Bronze in December, where Crossman went onto win the 14-and-under girls singles and doubles trophies.

In her opening singles rubber, the 13-year-old stormed to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Shalyn Phillips to book her place in the quarter-finals.

There she faced a stern test against Sara Mickoska getting over the line 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 in a thrilling contest.

Crossman enjoyed a much more comfortable victory in her semi-final clash, before beating second seed Madison Ashley 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

In the doubles, Crossman combined with Jasmin Sberna as the pair dropped just four games before reaching the final.

The tournament decider against Madison Ashley and Kirra Bond-Scott was a thrilling contest before Crossman and Sberna eventually came out on top 4-6, 6-1, 10-8.

Crossman soon added two more state titles to her collection after dominating the Victorian Junior Grass-court Championships held in Wodonga.

After a first round bye, the teenage sensation won the tournament without dropping a set.

Her 6-3, 6-2 victory in the final came over namesake Isabella Cooper.

In the doubles section, teamed up with Amelia Zylberman to win the tournament, as the pair didn't drop a set.

Their victory in the final was a comfortable one over Georgia Bigeni and Isabella Cooper, 6-1, 7-5.

Crossman's busy month of tournaments concluded at the Judy Dalton Country Cup at Kooyong where she represented Victoria at Kooyong.

In a spirited performance, the hosts finished in second place behind NSW, who the Victorians had beaten in the tournament.

And Crossman's performances didn't go unnoticed after she was awarded the sportsmanship and encouragement award as voted by Tasmania and Western Australia.

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