PLAYER PROFILE

Daria Saville

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AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
82
WTA
RANKING
  • Age30
  • Born 5 March 1994
  • Birth PlaceMoscow, Russia
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Height166 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachNicole Pratt
FOLLOW
“At least having three things that you want to get out of the session would be way more valuable than just hitting for the sake of hitting”

— Daria Saville, 2 Jul 2024

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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

Five days to go: All you need to know about the Olympic Tennis event
Australia's Olympic Tennis Team. (Getty Images)
22 July, 2024

The nine-person Australian tennis team have started to arrive in the Olympic Village ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Tennis event, staged on clay at Roland Garros from…
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Ranking movers: De Minaur’s Wimbledon efforts rewarded with new career-high
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Alex de Minaur of Australia celebrates as he plays against Arthur Fils of France in his Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match during day eight of The Championships Wimbledon 2024 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
15 July, 2024

Following his quarterfinal run at Wimbledon, Alex de Minaur rises to world No.6 in the latest ATP Tour singles rankings.
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Gadecki gets call-up to represent Australia at Paris 2024 Olympics
Olivia Gadecki will be part of the Australian tennis team travelling to Paris for the 2024 Olympic Games. [Getty Images]
5 July, 2024

Australian rising star Olivia Gadecki will make her Olympic Games debut in Paris, partnering Ajla Tomljanovic in women’s doubles.
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Aussie doubles duo spoil Andy Murray’s Wimbledon farewell
John Peers and Rinky Hijikata during their first-round doubles match at Wimbledon 2024. Picture: Getty Images
5 July, 2024

John Peers and Rinky Hijikata scored a big win in the opening round of the Wimbledon 2024 men's doubles competition.
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