PLAYER PROFILE

Destanee Aiava

9
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
201
WTA
RANKING
  • Age19
  • Born10 May 2000
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • LivesNarre Warren, Victoria
  • Height175 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachNicole Kriz
  • Pro Since2015
FOLLOW
“I’m just taking it one match at a time, trying to get better each day.”

— Destanee Aiava, 8 Oct 2019

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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

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

Australian Open qualifying runs over for Vukic, Aiava
AUSSIES: Aleksandar Vukic and Destanee Aiava in final round qualifying action today. Picture: Getty Images
18 January, 2020

Aleksandar Vukic and Destanee Aiava's dreams of qualifying for Australian Open 2020 end in the final round.
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Aiava holds nerve to reach final qualifying round
Destanee Aiava in action during Australian Open 2020 qualifying. (Getty Images)
16 January, 2020

Destanee Aiava seals her place in the final round of Australian Open qualifying after Storm Sanders begins the day with a thumping first-round win.
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Inglis, Aiava advance at AO qualifying
Maddison Inglis in action during the first round of Australian Open 2020 qualifying. (Getty Images)
14 January, 2020

Maddison Inglis saves four match points in an epic contest before Destanee Aiava joined her in the second round of qualifying with a brisk 78-minute win.
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Rodionova storms into AO Play-off semifinals
Arina Rodionova in action at the Australian Open-Play-off. (Getty Images)
12 December, 2019

From 5-2 down in the first set, Arina Rodionova wins 11 straight games to defeat Olivia Tjandramulia and secure a semifinal spot at the Australian Open Play-off.
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