16 Feb 2018

Spotlight On... Anhelina Kalinina - January 2018


By Nick Fishpool

Photo: Fred and Susan MullaneAnhelina Kalinina (UKR

January 2018


Anhelina Kalinina
(7 February 1997)

Played: 3 tournaments (2 singles titles)

Won: 25 Sets              Lost: 8 Sets
Won: 179 Games                Lost: 124 Games

Also competed in 1 doubles event


20-year-old Anhelina Kalinina is our first featured female player of 2018.

Competing for the first time since an appearance at a WTA $125K Series tournament last November, Kalinina’s month took in three Florida based tournaments including mounting title defences in Daytona Beach and Wesley Chapel.

The Ukrainian’s season got underway at Daytona Beach where, in 2017, she was a title winner in both the singles and doubles events but only one of these titles was to be successfully defended.

Playing alongside Romania’s Elena Gabriela Ruse, Kalinina’s bid to retain the title won 12 months earlier with the American player Robin Anderson came to an early end with the duo suffering a 63 63 loss in the first round.

Success did come, however, in the singles event where Kalinina as top seed fought back from a 61 first set loss to Grace Min to eventually defeat the American in three sets, the last of which came without loss of a game.

With her singles title at Daytona Beach retained for another year, Kalinina next moved on to Orlando. As she was the previous week, Kalinina was seeded one and moved comfortably through the rounds with the only hiccup coming in the second set of her quarterfinal win.

Austrian Julia Grabher also took Kalinina to three sets in the final but was unable to stop the Ukrainian winning a second singles title of the month with Kalinina taking the deciding set 75.

Her final port of call for January was Wesley Chapel and a third straight tournament as the top seed.  A second singles title defence of the month came to an end at the quarterfinal stage where, after two three set wins, she succumbed to a three set defeat having taken the opening set against Francesca Di Lorenzo. The American would go on to take the title.

Despite the Wesley Chapel defeat, Kalinina still had cause to celebrate as the WTA rankings released following the tournament had seen her climb to a new career high of 144, her first time in the Top 150 since November 2015.