Re: Yuliya Kalabina Cheering thread!
Her serve, like herself, is indeed cute. But it could definitely do with some improvement. There are good things about her serve. Clearly she can generate some power. Although I don't like the way she takes the racquet up at the beginning, after she starts the swing she gets into a nice deep javelin position which helps her generate racquet speed. She drives well with the legs. But it looks like she gets almost no topspin on the second serve, just a bit of slice, and it seems that almost all her second serves go to the forehand corner for a righty.
Before she serves, she seems to look down to check and adjust her service grip, and then, after putting her arm back, she looks back to check it is in the right place. It's endearing, but it's the kind of thing someone who is still learning a serve might do, and it would normally be an intermediate step leading to a complete service action. These parts of the serve should be automatic and should be done by feel for an experienced player. Perhaps she used to serve with an incorrect grip and is still in the process of getting used to the new grip.
I'm not surprised she let go of her racquet, given the unsureness of her serving grip. If she has to look and adjust it like that, the grip doesn't just come naturally yet. That would tend to lessen the security of your grip. I am surprised her racquet survived that, it bounced a long way and on a hardcourt too.
If she changes her serve it will be a little bittersweet, since that really is a very cute action. It resembles the way a girl might put herself in a starting pose to perform a dance in a talent show before the music comes on. And with her ponytail bouncing about, the "look behind" thing becomes rather charming.
She seems to hit hard anyway. Who knows how she might improve or how far she might go.