Nelly Korda “happy to have joined” former father of professional tennis player as major champion after PGA Women’s Championship win

Parents Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtová are former professional tennis players. Nelly and her sister Jessica are professional golfers while the younger brother Sébastien is also a professional tennis player.

Until Sunday however, Nelly’s father was the only one to win a major title after winning the Australian Open in 1998.

But Nelly eventually joined her father as she won the first major tournament of her career, finishing three strokes ahead of Lizette Salas to win the PGA Women’s Championship.

Nelly says the experience of having two former professional athletes as parents has been invaluable to her career.

“They’re always there when we’re down and that’s a lot in sport,” the 22-year-old told CNN Sport’s Patrick Snell.

“It’s a roller coaster all the time and luckily they’ve been there so they help us so much with that mental aspect. But it’s crazy and finally joining my dad as a major champion is super cool so now he can’t. be the leader at dinner with that little thing of his own. “

She also paid tribute to her older sister, Jessica, who finished tied for 15th at four under.

“I wouldn’t be here without Jess. Not many people know everything she’s done, but she’s always there for me and she’s also the travel best friend, honestly, and I can’t thank her enough and she is a huge part of why I’m here today. “

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Nelly Korda reacts to her putt on the 18th green as she celebrates her victory at the Women's PGA Championship golf tournament.

A first

Korda’s best precedent in one of the golf majors came last year when she finished second on ANA Inspiration.

But she arrived at the Highlands Course at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. For the PGA Women’s Championship in excellent shape thanks to her second victory on the LPGA Tour this year at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

As the final day on Sunday approached, she was tied with compatriot Lizette Salas at the top of the standings.

However, Korda put on a solid display over the last 18 holes, hitting two Eagles in a four-under 68 round to finish at 19 under for the tournament. The victory also meant that she became the world number one. 1.

“Honestly, (it’s) so special. It didn’t even sink. I hope it will sink in the next few days, but a dream come true.”

Nelly Korda is now the world's No. 1 for women.  1.

Salas could only get a 71 to complete three shots behind Korda, who went on to pay tribute to his compatriot, calling her “amazing”, after talking about her battle for sanity after the first round.

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“She fought well this weekend,” Korda said. “Hopefully we have a lot more battles but she’s had some heartbreak on Sunday and the majors and she still has the best attitude and she’s a fighter and that’s a good frame of mind to have.

“And some days it’s easier than others. But I think if you go into every tournament, every round with that attitude, it makes life so much better.”

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