Destanee Aiava claims ITF title in Japan
Melbourne teen wins ITF $25K title in Japan, her first professional title on international soil.
Rising Australian star Destanee Aiava has won her first tournament on international soil.
The 17-year-old claimed the ITF $25K Fuji Yakuhin Cup in the Japanese city of Osaka, beating former world No.38 Rebecca Marino in the final. Aiava had too much firepower for the Canadian, scoring an impressive 6-3 7-6(2) victory in the final.
It is Aiava’s third ITF title, having also won $25K events in Perth and Mornington last year.
The No.212-ranked Aiava now turns her attention to this weekend’s Fed Cup tie against the Netherlands, where the 17-year-old will represent Australia alongside Ash Barty, Daria Gavrilova and Sam Stosur.
Aiava currently plays a restricted schedule due to age-eligibility rules, which will lapse when she turns 18 next month.