Anna Kalinskaya was one of the most surprising players in this week's Washington as she defeated Kristina Mladenovic to reach the semifinals. In a press conference, she said: "I played twice against her, and I didn't play my best.
So today I really wanted just to play good and enjoy the moment, play point by point. I'm happy that I won. It's a nice feeling. I think I improved my game, like I tried to play more consistent, just tried to be less in a rush, play more rallies.
I think that's why I improve. On the breakpoints, I was just trying to let her play, don't miss too much, do less mistakes. It worked." Asked why she hit underhand serve, Kalinskaya replied: "I think you knew why I did it.
Because I was watching Nick Kyrgios. I do the same. It was funny because I won the point. It was funny. I guess I surprised her because she hit it to the net. I need to practice my underarm serve." Asked if she thinks she can triumph in Washingto, Kalinskaya added: "I don't think about the title.
I just want to play point by point and see how it goes." What goals has she set for the rest of the year? "So before I was thinking like it's important to get to top 100. I think I put a lot of pressure on myself.
Now I have a new coach. She tells me like, Anna, try to improve your game and the result will come. So now I think less about my ranking. I just want to improve."