PLAYER PROFILE

Destanee Aiava

10
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
197
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

Biggest movers: Thompson cracks top 50
Jordan Thompson in 's-Hertogenbosch (© Libema Open)
18 June, 2019

Jordan Thompson rises 16 places to set a new career-high ranking while there were big improvements for our young Aussie women.
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Tomljanovic wins again in Nottingham
Ajla Tomljanovic in action at the WTA event in Nottingham (Getty Images for LTA)
13 June, 2019

Ajla Tomljanovic recovers to beat Harriet Dart in three sets and moves through to the quarterfinals of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham.
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De Minaur, Thompson to clash in quarters
Alex de Minaur (Getty Images)
13 June, 2019

Alex de Minaur and Jordan Thompson both won in straight sets on Wednesday to advance to the grass-court quarter-finals in 's-Hertogenbosch.
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Aiava stuns Sabalenka in ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Destanee Aiava (Getty Images)
12 June, 2019

Destanee Aiava notches the biggest win of her career at the Libema Open grasscourt tournament in the Netherlands.
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