PLAYER PROFILE

Destanee Aiava

7
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
164
WTA
RANKING
  • Age17
  • Born10 May 2000
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • LivesNarre Warren, Victoria
  • Height151 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachAndrea Stoltenberg
  • Pro Since2015
FOLLOW
“This isn't the first and the last time I'm going to be here - there's plenty more to come.”

— Destanee Aiava, 16 Jan 2017

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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

2016 382
2015 674

Titles/Finals

Titles

2017 Perth #2 ITF, Mornington ITF

Finals

2016 Canberra ITF, Tweed Heads ITF

Destanee Aiava in the news

Prosperous times for Australian women’s tennis
(L-R) Sam Stosur, Daria Gavrilova, Casey Dellacqua and Ash Barty are all flourishing in a fantastic season for Australian women's tennis; Getty Images
22 September, 2017

With three top-50 ranked women for the first time in 28 years and a squad of talented teenagers emerging, the Australian female tennis landscape is looking increasingly rosy.
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Aiava goes down in Quebec opener
Destanee Aiava; Getty Images
12 September, 2017

Australian wildcard Destanee Aiava fought hard but ultimately fell in three sets to Brit Naomi Broady in the opening round of the WTA tournament in Quebec City.
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Aiava a wildcard in Quebec City
Destanee Aiava has set up a semifinal clash with Arina Rodionova in the US Open wildcard playoff. Photo: Getty Images
11 September, 2017

Australian teenaged sensation Destanee Aiava has been awarded a wildcard into the main draw of the WTA event in Quebec City, Canada.
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US Open: Smith, Santillan one win from main draw
John-Patrick Smith; Getty Images
25 August, 2017

John-Patrick Smith and Akira Santillan advanced to the final round of US Open qualifying on Thursday; both are just a single victory away from a main-draw berth.
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