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Coached by Nicole Kriz ... Nickname is ‘Des’ ... Father, Mark was born in New Zealand to Samoan parents and coaches mixed martial arts; mother, Rosie is a former rugby player and kickboxer who was born in American Samoa ... Played soccer when she was younger ... Was inspired to play tennis after watching Serena Williams play on TV ... In January 2017, age 16, became first player born in 21st century to win a WTA match (Brisbane) and play main draw at a Grand Slam (Australian Open) ... Tennis hero is Roger Federer.
Australian Fed Cup Team, 2018.
Career in Review
2019 - Second Top 200 season (No.197); reached 2r at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, posting first Top 10 win, over No.10 Sabalenka in 1r (l. Kudermetova); fell 1r at Australian (as WC, l. Keys) and Charleston (as qualifier, l. Bencic); fell in qualifying 10 times, incl. Wimbledon and US Open; won one singles title and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2018 - Fell 1r at Australian Open (as WC, l. Halep) and in qualifying at Roland Garros and US Open; continued to play on ITF Circuit, winning one singles title from three finals and reaching two doubles finals.
2017 - First Top 200 season (No.150); advanced to 2r at Brisbane (as qualifier, d. Mattek-Sands for first main draw win at tour level before falling to Kuznetsova); fell 1r at Australian Open (as WC, l. Barthel) and at Quebec City (l. Broady); fell in qualifying on five occasions, including Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open; won two singles titles and reached a further final on ITF Circuit.
2016 - Made WTA qualifying debut at Hobart (as WC, l. U.Radwanska) and also fell in qualifying at Australian Open (as WC, l. Sevastova); reached two singles finals on ITF Circuit.
2015 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit in Australia.