PLAYER PROFILE

Destanee Aiava

9
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
198
WTA
RANKING
  • Age19
  • Born10 May 2000
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • LivesNarre Warren, Victoria
  • Height175 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachNicole Kriz
  • Pro Since2015
FOLLOW
“I’m improving each match this week and everything’s in good nick at the moment.”

— Destanee Aiava, 7 Feb 2020

» Aiava books Launceston semifinal

On court

  • Won the singles and doubles events at the 2011 Australian Optus Championships
  • In 2012, selected to represent Australia at the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament in Paris; she went on to win the tournament. Her prize was a opportunity to hit with 22-time Grand Slam Champion Steffi Graf
  • Went a sparkling 41-7 on the ITF junior circuit in 2014, winning five titles (including the U18 Canadian World Ranking Event Montreal)
  • Reached the third round of the Australian Open junior championships in 2014 and 2015
  • Represented Australia in Junior Fed Cup play in 2014 and 2015; both years competed in the competition finals, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico (2014) and Madrid, Spain (2015)
  • In just her fourth ever pro tournament, reached the quarterfinals of the $15,000 ITF event in Melbourne.
  • Upset No.3 seed Sara Tomic en route to the semifinals of the 18/u Australian Championships in 2015
  • Advanced to her first final at the Canberra Claycourt International #1 in March 2016 after beginning the week as a qualifier
  • Made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open at age 16, becoming the first player to be born in 2000 or later to compete in a major

Off court

  • goal is to one day become world No.1 which inspires her to continually improve her game, much like her hero Roger Federer
  • mother is a former rugby player; father is the Australian UFC coach
  • started out playing soccer but got kicked off her junior team because “I wouldn’t pass the ball”
  • nickname is ‘Des’

Year-end singles ranking history

2018 249
2017 150
2016 382
2015 674

Titles/Finals

Titles

2019 Canberra 25K ITF

2018 Osaka 25K ITF

2017 Perth #2 25K ITF, Mornington 25K ITF

Finals

2020 Launceston 25K ITF

2018 Canberra ITF, Cairns ITF

2016 Canberra ITF, Tweed Heads ITF

Destanee Aiava in the news

Perth #2 tilt ends for Aiava
AiavaPerth2
29 February, 2020

Despite bundling out third seed Asia Muhammad early on Saturday, Destanee Aiava falls to Japanese qualifier in Perth #2 semifinal.
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Aiava through to Perth #2 quarters
Destanee Aiava in action during Australian Open 2020 qualifying. (Getty Images)
28 February, 2020

A rain-affected Perth International #2 sees top seed Arina Rodionova lose her way, while Destanee Aiava remains the sole remaining Australian.
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Inglis brings home Perth title
InglisPerth
23 February, 2020

Top seed Maddison Inglis wins her second Australian Pro Tour title in succession, taking out Destanee Aiava to claim the Perth International #1.
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All-Aussie final in Perth
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 10: Maddison Inglis of Western Australia plays a backhand in the Woman's Singles 2019 Australian Open Wildcard Play-Off match against Charlottte Kempenaers-Pocz of South Australia at Melbourne Park on December 10, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images for Tennis Australia)
22 February, 2020

West Australian Maddison Inglis takes on Destanee Aiava in Perth after both earned a finals berth this weekend.
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