Nick Kyrgios inspired me to hit underhand serve, says Kalinskaya


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Nick Kyrgios inspired me to hit underhand serve, says Kalinskaya

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."