PLAYER PROFILE

Destanee Aiava

10
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
199
WTA
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  • Age18
  • Born10 May 2000
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • LivesNarre Warren, Victoria
  • Height175 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachNicole Kriz
  • Pro Since2015
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“I'm playing at a more consistent level against the top 250-120 players in the world and working hard on and off court getting ready for the clay season.”

— Destanee Aiava, 16 Apr 2018

» Aiava looking to continue improvement against top players

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

2018 Osaka ITF

2017 Perth #2 ITF, Mornington ITF

Finals

2018 Canberra ITF, Cairns ITF

2016 Canberra ITF, Tweed Heads ITF

Destanee Aiava in the news

Cabrera sneaks into Burnie quarters
CabreraBurnie19
24 January, 2019

Queenslander Lizette Cabrera moves into the quarterfinals of the ITF World Tennis Tour event in Burnie after a hard-fought win over Destanee Aiava.
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Bolt picks up first Grand Slam win at Australian Open
Alex Bolt in action during his first-round win over Alex Bolt at the Australian Open (Getty Images)
15 January, 2019

Australian wildcard Alex Bolt upstages former world No.8 to move through to the second round of the Australian Open.
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Barty leads women’s charge in AO main draw
Ash Barty in action at the Sydney International (Getty Images)
10 January, 2019

Top-ranked Australian Ash Barty is the 15th seed in the Australian Open main draw, where fellow Aussie Destanee Aiava has drawn 17th seed Madison Keys.
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Australian Open wildcards for Aiava, Perez, Hives
(L-R) Zoe Hives, Ellen Perez and Destanee Aiava have received main-draw wildcards for Australian Open 2019 (Getty Images)
4 January, 2019

Destanee Aiava, Ellen Perez and Zoe Hives have been rewarded for their impressive results during the summer of tennis with main-draw wildcard entries into Australian Open 2019.
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