PLAYER PROFILE

Destanee Aiava

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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 happy to get the win today and my first title for the year.”

— Destanee Aiava, 24 Mar 2019

» Aiava claims maiden Canberra title

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 ITF

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

Biggest movers: Sharma makes top 100 debut
NEW HIGH: Astra Sharma is now a top 100-ranked singles player; Getty Images
23 April, 2019

Australia now has five women ranked inside the top 100 in singles, with Astra Sharma making her debut this week.
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Biggest movers: Hon at career high
Priscilla Hon (Getty Images)
9 April, 2019

Priscilla Hon has hit a new career-high ranking while Olivia Rogowska jumped 35 spots following her recent triumph at the Australian Pro Tour event in Canberra.
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Tomljanovic wins opening match in Charleston
Ajla Tomljanovic (Getty Images)
2 April, 2019

No.14 seed Ajla Tomljanovic wins her first-round match at the WTA Volvo Car Open in Charleston as qualifiers Astra Sharma and Destanee Aiava bow out.
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Tomljanovic, Sharma, Aiava set for Charleston
Ajla Tomljanovic celebrates a point during her second-round win over Aryna Sabalenka at the Miami Open (Getty Images)
1 April, 2019

Top 40 star Ajla Tomljanovic will be joined at the Volvo Car Open by fellow Aussies Astra Sharma and Destanee Aiava, who won through qualifying to reach the main draw.
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