Destanee Aiava

Destanee Gabriella Aiava (born 10 May 2000) is an Australian professional tennis player.

Destanee Aiava
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Full nameDestanee Gabriella Aiava
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceNarre Warren, Australia
Born (2000-05-10) 10 May 2000 (age 20)
Melbourne, Australia
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro2015
(double-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 414,030
Career record124–84 (59.6%)
Career titles4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 147 (11 September 2017)
Current rankingNo. 199 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
French OpenQ1 (2017,2018)
WimbledonQ3 (2017)
US OpenQ2 (2017)
Career record52–39 (57.1%)
Career titles1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 192 (21 October 2019)
Current rankingNo. 232 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2017)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2017)
Last updated on: 23 April 2020.

She has career-high WTA rankings of 147 in singles, achieved on 11 September 2017, and of 237 in doubles, achieved on 10 June 2019. Aiava so far has won four singles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit.

She made her Grand Slam main-draw debut after winning the 2016 U18 Australian Championships, granting her a wild card into the 2017 Australian Open. She thus became the first player, male or female, born in 2000 or later to participate in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Aiava is the daughter of Samoan parents; her father, Mark, was born in New Zealand to Samoan parents, and her mother, Rosie, was born in American Samoa.[2]

Junior careerEdit


In 2012, at the age of 12, Aiava represented Australia at Roland Garros in the Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament. Competing against fifteen of the top under-13 female tennis players, Aiava won the tournament and won the right to play alongside Steffi Graf in an exhibition match.[3] The years following, Aiava mainly played on the junior circuit. In 2014, she won the Tecnifibre Tennis Central Championships and NZ ITF Summer Championships in New Zealand as well as Australian International's in Queensland and Victoria. At the age of 14, she won the U18 Canadian world ranking event in Montreal, Quebec.

Professional careerEdit


In early 2015, Aiava made her professional debut at the Burnie International after receiving wild cards in the singles and doubles, where she lost early in both. At the Launceston Tennis International, Aiava won her first professional main-draw match against Lu Jiajing. She also made the quarterfinals of a 15K tournament in Melbourne in April 2015. In March 2016, Aiava made her first career final at a $25K tournament in Canberra. In December 2016, she won the U18 Girls' Australian Championships and earned a wild card into the 2017 Australian Open. She thus became the first player born in the 21st century to play at a Grand Slam championship.[4]

2017: First ITF titles and Grand Slam debutEdit

Aiava commenced the year by qualifying for the Brisbane International to make her maiden WTA main-draw appearance.[5] Aiava defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the first round[6] before losing to two-time Grand Slam champion and world No. 9 Svetlana Kuznetsova. Aiava made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open as a wild card, losing in round one to Mona Barthel.

In February, Aiava won the first ITF women's title of her career, winning the 25K event in Perth by defeating Viktória Kužmová in the final. The following month, she won another 25K title, this time in Mornington, beating Barbora Krejčíková in the final. In April, Aiava was named in the Australia Fed Cup team for the first time.[7] In May, she reached the semifinal of Saint-Gardens, before losing the first round of qualifying at the French Open. In June, Aiava lost in the final round of qualifying for Wimbledon. In September, she reached the second round of qualifying for the US Open before granting a wild card into Quebec International, where she lost in the first round. In October, Aiava reached the final of the Canberra International. In December, she was unable to defend her 18/u championship title, losing to Jaimee Fourlis in a reversal of the result from 2016.[8] The following week, Aiava won the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff.[9][10]

2018: Third ITF titleEdit

Aiava was awarded a wild card to Brisbane International[11] where she lost in the first round to another wild-card entry, Ajla Tomljanović.[12]

Aiava received another wild card for the Australian Open, where she was defeated in the first round by world No. 1 and top seed Simona Halep. Aiava had two set points in the first set before going off-court to receive a medical time out. She subsequently lost the match in straight sets.[13] Aiava reached the quarterfinal of Burnie International and Zhuhai before reaching the final of ACT Clay Court International.[14] In April, Aiava won the Osaka ITF title; her third ITF and first title outside Australia.[15]

In May, Aiava lost in the first round of French Open qualifying.


Aiava began her season at the Brisbane International. She qualified for the main draw with victories over Vania King, Mandy Minella and Christina McHale. She then defeated Kristina Mladenovic in the first round before falling to second seed Naomi Osaka. Aiava received her third Australian Open wild-card entry, losing to 17th seed Madison Keys. She then won the ACT Clay Court International 25K title on March 24 by defeating world No. 289, Risa Ozaki.[16]

Canberra – 24 March 2019: Destanee Aiava (right) after winning the ACT Clay Court International #1 final against Risa Ozaki (left). Aiava was the runner-up in 2016 and 2018 (photo by Rob Keating,

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.


Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 W–L Win%
Australian Open Q1 1R 1R 1R Q3 0–3 0%
French Open A Q1 Q1 A A 0–0  – 
Wimbledon A Q3 A Q1 NH 0–0  – 
US Open A Q2 Q1 Q1 A 0–0  – 
Win–loss 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–3 0%
Career statistics
Year-end ranking 384 153 249 197


Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L Win%
Australian Open A 1R A 1R 0–2 0%
French Open A A A A 0–0  – 
Wimbledon A A A A 0–0  – 
US Open A A A A 0–0  – 
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 0%
Career statistics
Year-end ranking 516 572 340 236

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 11 (4 titles, 7 runners-up)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments (0–2)
$25,000 tournaments (4–5)
$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (2–5)
Clay (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 May 2016 ITF Canberra, Australia 25,000 Clay   Eri Hozumi 3–6, 6–3, 6–7
Loss 0–2 Sep 2016 ITF Tweed Heads, Australia 25,000 Hard   Lizette Cabrera 3–6, 7–5, 2–6
Win 1–2 Feb 2017 ITF Perth, Australia 25,000 Hard   Viktória Kužmová 6–1, 6–1
Win 2–2 Mar 2017 ITF Mornington, Australia 25,000 Clay   Barbora Krejčíková 6–2, 4–6, 6–2
Loss 2–3 Nov 2017 Canberra Tennis International, Australia 60,000 Hard   Olivia Rogowska 1–6, 2–6
Loss 2–4 Mar 2018 ACT Clay Court International, Australia 60,000 Clay   Dalila Jakupović 4–6, 4–6
Win 3–4 Apr 2018 ITF Osaka, Japan 25,000 Hard   Rebecca Marino 6–3, 7–6(7–2)
Loss 3–5 Sep 2018 ITF Cairns, Australia 25,000 Hard   Astra Sharma 6–0, 6–7(5–7), 1–6
Win 4–5 Mar 2019 ITF Canberra, Australia 25,000 Clay   Risa Ozaki 6–2, 6–2
Loss 4–6 Feb 2020 Launceston International, Australia 25,000 Hard   Asia Muhammad 4–6, 3–6
Loss 4–7 Feb 2020 ITF Perth, Australia 25,000 Hard   Maddison Inglis 4–6, 6-7(4–7)

Doubles: 3 (3 titles)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments (1–0)
$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (2–0)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Apr 2019 Hardee's Pro Classic, United States 80,000 Clay   Astra Sharma   Caroline Dolehide
  Usue Maitane Arconada
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Win 2–0 Sep 2019 Darwin International, Australia 60,000 Hard   Lizette Cabrera   Alison Bai
  Jaimee Fourlis
6–4, 2–6, [10–3]
Win 3–0 Oct 2019 ITF Brisbane, Australia 25,000 Hard   Naiktha Bains   Alison Bai
  Paige Hourigan
6–3, 6–3

Top 10 winsEdit

# Player Rank Tournament Surface Rd Score DAR
1.   Aryna Sabalenka No. 10 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands Grass 1R 7–6(7–3), 1–6, 6–4 No. 214


  1. ^ Schlink, Leo (21 December 2016). "Australian Open: Destanee Aiava to become first player born this century to play in Grand Slam". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
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  4. ^ "AIAVA BOOKS AUSTRALIAN OPEN BERTH". Tennis Australia. 10 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  5. ^ "AIAVA QUALIFIES FOR BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL". Tennis Australia. 1 January 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  6. ^ "AIAVA STUNS MATTEK-SANDS, SETS WTA RECORD". Tennis Australia. 3 January 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  7. ^ "FED CUP DEBUT FOR DESTINE AIAVA". Tennis Australia. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Fourlis wins 18/u title for Australian Open wildcard". Tennis Australia. 9 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  9. ^ "DESTANEE AIAVA AND ALEX DE MINAUR WIN AUSTRALIAN OPEN WILDCARDS". Tennis Australia. 17 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Aiava claims wildcard entry for Australian Open". 17 December 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Aiava and Tomljanovic earn Brisbane wildcards". 22 December 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Azarenka withdraws from Australian Open amid ongoing custody battle". Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Halep survives date with Destanee in opening round". Reuters. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  14. ^ "AIAVA FALLS IN CANBERRA FINAL". Tennis Australia. 25 March 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  15. ^ "DESTANEE AIAVA CLAIMS ITF TITLE IN JAPAN". Tennis Australia. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
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