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Tennis star reveals strangers saved her from suicide attempt

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Australian tennis star Destanee Aiava has revealed grueling details of her mental health struggles in an Instagram post

Aiava says she was about to end her life by jumping onto a freeway in Melbourne on Easter Sunday, when three strangers drove by and saved her life.

Aiava was 21 at the time and didn’t want to make it to her 22nd birthday, but now lives to tell the story.

” I was going to throw myself off a bridge, three people drove by, dragged me off the rails and drove me home,”

“I did not want to make it to my 22nd birthday, but I know my family and friends would be happy to know I’m alive on this day.

“Sometimes people you come across in life can make you feel that you’re unworthy of being loved, but at the end of the day I’ve learnt – ‘God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength’

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The young Aussie is ranked 192 in the world and has a promising sporting future ahead of her.

She made it into the Australian Open in 2017, making history as the first player born in 2000 to do so.

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Kyrgios through to Wimbledon semi-final amid court battle

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Nick Kyrgios is through to the Wimbledon semi-final for the first time in his career, but the controversial Australian tennis star is remaining tight lipped about his off-court battle

Ahead of the stellar match, Australian police confirmed the 27-year-old will be required to appear in a Canberra court next month amid allegations of assault by a former girlfriend.

Kyrgios says it’s been difficult to read reports about the alleged claims, but it did not impact him mentally.

During a post-match press conference, Kyrgios told reporters he has a lot on his mind at the moment, but he’s been advised by his lawyers to stay quiet.

The Aussie put on an incredible show for fans around the world, powering through to the next round in a straight sets victory over Christian Garin.

When it comes to reaching the semi-final, Kyrgios says he’s just so proud of his recent achievements.

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Nick Kyrgios to face Australian court

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One of Tennis’ most iconic events, Wimbledon, is underway and it’s been action-packed

Quarter-finalist Nick Kyrgios has been in hot water and the spotlight continues on the aussie, he is set to appear in court next month once Wimbledon has come to a close

He’ll head down under to face an allegation of common assault.

Police said it follows an incident in December last year which Kyrgios’ lawyer says was “in the context of a domestic relationship”.

He will play Chile’s Cristian Garin in the Wimbledon last eight on Wednesday.

Kyrgios’ lawyer told the Canberra times “The nature of the allegation is serious, and Mr Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously.”

The Association of Tennis Professionals is aware of the Australian case involving Kyrgios but declined to comment further at this time.

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Williams loses first round at Wimbledon

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There’s been a bit of drama on the court as the most prestigious tennis Grand Slam gets underway

Spectators filled the All England Club on Monday to watch the biggest tennis stars hit the court at Wimbledon.

After coming back from a lengthy break, Serena Williams lost in three sets to 24-year-old, Harmony Tan.

“When I saw the draw, I was really scared. I don’t know what to say, I’m so emotional now because she’s a superstar,” Tan says.

Tan took the first set 7-5, before Williams took over 6-1. Tan fought back to win a thrilling third set tie-breaker.

“Because it’s Serena Williams, she’s a legend. I was like, oh my God. How can I play? If I could win one game, or two games, it’s really good for me.”

HARMONY TAN

Despite her dramatic loss, the former world number one is brushing off retirement rumours.

Kyrgios spits at crowd

Meanwhile, in men’s singles, Aussie tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, caused a bit of a stir calling the chair umpire a “snitch” after she supposedly complained to the court umpire about his behaviour.

The 27-year-old will likely be up for a fine for also spitting towards a fan during the match.

Kyrgios says there was a lot of disrespect from the crowd, which is why he admitted to spitting towards a fan.

“I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything,” he says.

The ATP remains in crisis talks over Wimbledon’s Russia ban.

Katerina Kostakos contributed to this report

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