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Aiava thrilled to hit with idol Serena

AAP logoAAP 12/01/2017 Melissa Woods

The smile on teenager Destanee Aiava's face couldn't get any bigger even if she did win a match at the Australian Open.

Hitting against her idol Serena Williams, who was the reason she took up tennis as a five-year-old, would be hard to top.

The Melbourne 16-year-old last week became the first player born this millennium to win a main-draw match at a WTA event.

And ,she will again go into the record books as the first player in the main draw at a grand slam tournament, thanks to a wildcard entry.

Sharing racquet sponsors, Aiava had some time on court with the 22-time grand slam champion.

The Melbourne schoolgirl couldn't disagree with Williams, who chimed in with "great" when Aiava was asked what it was like to hit with the six-time Australian Open winner.

Aiava laughed and said she'd been more nervous than playing earlier in the day at the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament.

"It's actually one of the best days of my life," Aiava said.

"I've had a lot of fun today, getting to hit with Serena.

"Hopefully, there'll be more opportunities like this in future."

And Williams also managed to get a kick out of their on-court meeting and being the inspiration for Aiava's career.

"It's a great feeling," Williams said.

"My whole life, I just wanted to play tennis and I never thought about anything else that would come with it but, then, to have people like Destanee that wanted to start because of watching me, really makes me feel really great."

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