PLAYER PROFILE

Destanee Aiava

10
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
187
WTA
RANKING
  • Age19
  • Born10 May 2000
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • LivesNarre Warren, Victoria
  • Height175 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachNicole Kriz
  • Pro Since2015
FOLLOW
“It's a WTA (event) as well so it's really good for me as well. Just getting that big win brings a lot of confidence.”

— Destanee Aiava, 12 Jun 2019

» Aiava stuns Sabalenka in ‘s-Hertogenbosch

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

Aussie women thrive in US Open qualifying
Priscilla Hon (Getty Images)
20 August, 2019

Australia's women have gone five-from-five on the opening day of US Open qualifying, with Priscilla Hon, Lizette Cabrera, Maddison Inglis, Arina Rodionova and Jaimee Fourlis…
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Popyrin, Millman set for Winston-Salem
Alexei Popyrin (L) and John Millman (Getty Images)
19 August, 2019

Alexei Popyrin and John Millman will play at this week's ATP hard court event in Winston Salem ahead of next week's US Open, while 16 Aussies will contest qualifying at…
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Stosur receives US Open wildcard
Sam Stosur (Getty Images)
14 August, 2019

Sam Stosur, the US Open champion in 2011, has been awarded a main-draw wildcard and will contest her 15th tournament at Flushing Meadows.
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Polmans qualifies for Washington DC
Marc Polmans (Getty Images)
29 July, 2019

With Marc Polmans winning through the qualifying rounds, there are now seven Aussies in the main draw of the Citi Open in Washington DC.
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