Des­ta­nee’s day

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

AUSSIE teen Des­ta­nee Ai­ava has taken out her maiden Women's Pro Tour Ti­tle, win­ning the Perth Ten­nis In­ter­na­tional #2 on Sun­day at the State Ten­nis Cen­tre in Bur­swood.

The young gun stormed to vic­tory 61, 6-1 against fourth seed Vik­to­ria Kuz­mova, of Slo­vakia, in just 57 min­utes.

The vic­tory will see the 16-year-old take home valu­able world rank­ing points and a share of US$25,000 in prize money.

This caps off a dream start to 2017 for Ai­ava, who not only se­cured a wild­card into the Aus­tralian Open, but also be­came the first player born in the 2000s to win a WTA main draw match, af­ter up­set­ting Bet­thanie Mat­tek-Sands in three sets at the Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional.

Ai­ava will con­tinue her Pro Tour jour­ney as she makes her way to South Aus­tralia for the Clare Val­ley Ten­nis In­ter­na­tional.

The Perth Ten­nis In­ter­na­tional is part of the Aus­tralian Pro Tour, a se­ries of pro­fes­sional ten­nis events that bridge ju­nior events and the ATP/WTA Tour.

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