PLAYER PROFILE

Daria Saville

1
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
96
WTA
RANKING
  • Age30
  • Born 5 March 1994
  • Birth PlaceMoscow, Russia
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Height166 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachNicole Pratt
FOLLOW
“Even though I was able to play through the pain this year, it all got a little too much for me and my motivation wasn't there any more.”

— Daria Saville, 29 Sep 2019

» Gavrilova, Kyrgios on the injured list

On court

  • Introduced to tennis by her parents at age six
  • Realised at age 12 she was good enough to become a professional
  • Favourite surface is hard court, favourite shot is forehand, favourite tennis tournament is Australian Open
  • Tennis idols are Venus and Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters and Martina Hingis; feels her game contains elements of Clijsters and Simona Halep
  • Is a former ITF world No.1 junior
  • Career highlights to date include winning the US Open juniors in 2010 and representing Australia in the Fed Cup
  • Says Serena Williams is the toughest opponent she’s ever faced
  • Dream tennis scenario was to beat Maria Sharapova at Rod Laver Arena
  • Professional goal is to win a Grand Slam
  • In a breakout year in 2015, ascended 197 spots to world No.36; highlights included stunning world No.2 Sharapova en route to the last 16 in Miami, and advancing to the Rome semifinals.
  • Made the final 16 at the Australian Open in 2016 and 2017
  • Won first WTA singles title in New Haven in 2017
  • Sidelined for 12 months from September 2019 with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis
  • Enjoyed a resurgent season in 2022, rising from outside top 600 to crack the top 60; highlights included a fourth-round finish at Indian Wells, quarterfinal in Miami, and her first WTA final in five years (in Granby)
  • Underwent knee surgery in October 2022 and returned to the tour in June 2023
  • In April 2024, reclaimed Australian No.1 position in singles for the first time in nearly seven years

Off court

  • Family includes father Alexey, mother Natalia and younger brother Stepan
  • Enjoys eating sushi and cheese and reading the Twilight series
  • Graduated from high school in 2010
  • Married Australian professional player Luke Saville in December 2021
  • Has a sausage dog named “Tofu”
  • Nickname is “Dasha”
  • Best piece of advice is to treat everyone the same way you want to be treated
  • Perfect day would involve sleeping in, going out for breakfast, going for a swim, and having her family and friends around her
  • Would have loved to be an actress if not a tennis player.

Year-end ranking history

2023 206
2022 53
2021 419
2020 446
2019 237
2018 38
2017 25
2016 25
2015 36
2014 233
2013 144
2012 215
2011 383
2010 515

Titles/Finals

Titles

2017 Connecticut WTA

2015 Burnie ITF, Launceston ITF

2014 Bangkok ITF

2011 Antalya ITF

Finals

2022 Granby WTA

2017 Strasbourg WTA, Hong Kong WTA

2016 Kremlin Cup WTA

2012 Moscow 4 ITF

2011 Moscow ITF

Daria Saville in the news

Madrid: Kokkinakis, Saville, Sharma on brink of qualifying
Daria Saville (Getty Images)
23 hours ago

Thanasi Kokkinakis, Daria Saville and Astra Sharma won their opening-round qualifying matches in Madrid, putting each of them one victory away from a main-draw berth.
Read more
Ranking movers: Celebrating new career-highs and impressive rises
Tristan Schoolkate and Adam Walton playing doubles at Australian Open 2024. Picture: Tennis Australia
22 April, 2024

Rising Australians Tristan Schoolkate and Adam Walton are among the biggest movers in the latest world rankings.
Read more
Nine Australian players receive direct entry into Roland Garros 2024
Alex de Minaur during the Monte Carlo Masters. Picture: Getty Images
17 April, 2024

World No.11 Alex de Minaur will lead the Australian men's charge in Paris this year, as part of the strongest Aussie contingent of direct acceptances in 25 years.
Read more
Ranking movers: Ebden reclaims No.1, Kokkinakis returns to top 100
Matt Ebden and Thanasi Kokkinakis are among the biggest ranking movers this week.
16 April, 2024

Australians Matt Ebden and Thanasi Kokkinakis achieve significant milestones in the latest ATP Tour world rankings.
Read more
read more articles