Last Updated on March 5, 2023
One of the most beautiful faces on the WTA Tour, a girl with a straightforward playing style, where she relies heavily on her forehand, is twenty-two years old Anna Kalinskaya.
Anna Nikolayevna Kalinskaya was born on 2nd December 1998 in Moscow, Russia. She was born in a sports family, as her both parents were badminton players. Her father Nikola now is working with Russian National badminton team and her mother Elena worked as a coach, but recently she stopped coaching because she travels with her daughter. Her older brother Nikolay is a pro football player, currently playing at FC Pari Nizhny Novgorod. Anna’s tennis journey started in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, where her parents took her during the summer to visit her grandmother. She had not much to do there and one day she went to the local tennis club with her cousin, and began her road to the tennis heights. Than she continued to train in Moscow, where for eight years was coached by local tennis coach Zhanna Lebedeva at various venues in Otradnoye and Altufyevo, and after finishing high school she enrolled to Academy in Kazan, where kept practicing. Her favorite surface for playing tennis is hard court and favorite tournament is the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. She is a close friend and fan of Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios. As a child, she watched a lot of matches of Anastasia Myskina, Dinara Safina, Kim Clijsters, Justin Henin and Rafael Nadal who was her idol, but then she lost her interest.
“When I was five years old, Nadal was my idol, but when I grew up, I didn’t like his game, because it is completely opposite to mine.”
Away from the court, Anna likes to watch basketball, cook and go shopping; describes her perfect day as spending time with her closest friends. She has two dogs; first one was given for her 13th birthday and stays in Moscow with her parents, while the second is a Pomsky called Kobe and travels with her most of the time on tour. Anna loves documentaries and romantic movies; favorite musicians are Dua Lipa, Post Malone, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and DJ Khaled.
Who is Anna Kalinskaya’s coach?
Since season 2019, Anna is coached by former WTA player, Patricia Tarabini.
Patricia Pato Tarabini was born on 6th August 1968 in La Plata, Argentina. As a player she was known for playing in doubles at tournaments and won total of fifteen top-level doubles titles in her career. She is the 1996 Roland Garros mixed doubles champion and also known for representing her country at the 2004 Athens Olympic games, where she won the bronze medal. Her career-high doubles ranking is no.12. After retirement in 2006, Patricia started coaching, as an assistant coach at the University of San Diego. Her most famous trainee during her coaching career was Conchita Martinez. Besides tennis, she enjoys other sports, especially football and volleyball. Likes music and riding her motorcycle, and is very successful entrepreneur as she owns pizza restaurant in her country.
Patricia started coaching Anna in the season 2019 and immediately showed results. During that year Kalinskaya won two ITF tournaments and her first WTA title, playing in doubles alongside Viktoria Kuzmova at Prague Open. She reached her first WTA singles semi-final at Washington Open and entered top 100 players on the list.
“I learn a lot from her every day. She was a former player and knows a lot about how I feel. We have a good connection. She’s a funny person and she taught me a lot on how to enjoy, that’s why I think my game changed because I love being on court more.” Anna said about her mentor.
Given the lack of tournaments due to Covid-19, Anna was not seen so often during the season 2020, which reflected during the first half of the next season. She was struggling to find her form and then in September she won her second WTA doubles title, this time at Slovenia Open.
Season 2022 was for new career-high rankings. She reached no.51 in singles and no.53 in doubles, which are her best so far. Anna also won one WTA tournament, her favorite, St. Petersburg Trophy, playing together with Catty McNally.
This week Kalinskaya reached the quarterfinals at Austin Open, where she lost to Danielle Collins.
Part of Anna’s team as a tennis fitness coach, is Cuban, Duglas Cordero.
Duglas Cordero earned his bachelor degree of physical culture and sport at the University Carlos Rafael Rodriguez in Cienfuegos, Cuba. He worked as a physical trainer and rehabilitator for Cienfuegos Baseball Team, KTM Team Chile, Old Mackayans Rugby Club and since 2011 started working with tennis players. Among others, he was trainer of Nadia Petrova and Nicolas Massu.
Former Anna Kalinskaya’s coaches
Before Patricia, Kalinskaya was coached by former tennis player Levan Nanava.
Levan Nanava was born on 27th November 1987 in Georgia but is living in Moscow for a long time. He didn’t have any significant results as a tennis player and is known for being part of the Russian National beach tennis team. Then he started his coaching career and coached in Khimki at the Eto Tennis club.
Under his mentorship Kalinskaya won fourteen ITF tournament titles, but probably most valuable for her from that period is winning the 2016 Junior Australian Open, playing in doubles alongside Tereza Mihalikova. Guided by Nanava, she made her Grand Slam debut in 2018, reaching the main draw of Australian Open through qualifications.
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Anna Kalinskaya’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Anna Kalinskaya under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|Patricia Tarabini||2019 – ongoing||2022 St. Petersburg Trophy (doubles), WTA|
2021 Slovenia Open (doubles), WTA
2019 Prague Open (doubles), WTA
2019 Saint-Gaudens Open, ITF
2019 Playford International, ITF
|Levan Nanava||2018 Open de Seine-et-Marne (doubles), ITF|
2018 Pingshan Open (doubles), ITF
2017 Bad Salugau Open (doubles), ITF
2017 Obidos Open (doubles), ITF
2016 Kharkiv Open, ITF
2016 Aschaffenburg Open, ITF
2016 Minsk Open, ITF
2016 Shymkent Open, ITF
2016 Minsk Open (doubles), ITF
2016 Darmstadt Open (doubles), ITF
2016 Slovak Open (doubles), ITF
2016 Manama Open (doubles), ITF
2016 Minsk Open (doubles), ITF
2016 Junior Australian Open (doubles)
2015 Sunrise Open (doubles), ITF