16 Apr 2018

Australian teen wins in Japan

News Article

By Nick Fishpool

Photo: Hiromasa ManoDestanee Aiava (AUS)

OSAKA, JAPAN: Australian teenager, Destanee Aiava. claimed her first singles title on the ITF Pro Circuit since March 2017 with victory in Sunday's final.

Competing in her second final of the year, having also reached the final in Canberra in March, sixth seeded Aiava took on Canada's Rebecca Marino.

A 63 opening set win saw Aiava become the first player all week to take a set off the Canadian qualifier and she went on to dominate a second set tiebreaker 7-2 to secure the title, her first outside of Australia.

Speaking after her win, Aiava already had an eye on 2019: "This is a great tournament. I would like to come back next year."

Destanee Aiava (AUS)