January 21, 2023
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Nelly Korda is in Orlando and in rivalry on the LPGA’s Hilton Grand Holidays Event of Champions. Nevertheless it’s one other member of her household who’s making even larger waves in skilled sports activities this week.
And, no, we’re not speaking about her sister and fellow LPGA professional Jessica Korda.
It seems the Korda household is absurdly gifted at golf and tennis, with a deep roster of star athletes amongst them. Nelly and Jessica’s youthful brother, Sebastian “Sebi” Korda, is a professional tennis participant, and the 22-year-old is at present on a probably career-defining run on the first tennis grand slam occasion of the yr, the Australian Open.
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Sebi defeated World No. 8 and 2021 U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev early Friday morning U.S. time, advancing to the fourth spherical, which matches his deepest run at a grand slam in his profession.
After her second spherical on the Event of Champions, Korda revealed she awoke early earlier than her alarm went off on Friday to catch her little brother’s huge match whereas consuming breakfast within the gamers’ eating room.
“Yeah, I noticed him — really, I noticed him win in eating, in order that was cool,” Korda stated Friday evening. “I did really get up half-hour earlier than my alarm to look at him play simply naturally understanding that he was taking part in.”
Regardless of getting used to watching her household excel as athletes, Korda sounded thrilled about her youthful sibling’s accomplishments.
“Actually, he’s put in a bunch of labor. He has an incredible assist system behind him, and it’s actually cool and particular to see him do what he’s doing. Hopefully he can proceed making this run,” Korda added, “It’s actually particular seeing him obtain all this, and I couldn’t be happier for him.”
Sebi just isn’t the primary professional tennis participant within the Korda household. His mother Regina was a top-30 participant, and his dad Petra gained the 1998 Australian Open.
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On that be aware, following his victory over Medvedev, Sebi claimed he was the worst athlete within the household.
However Nelly wasn’t having any of that. When advised of Sebi’s pronouncement on Friday, Nelly disagreed strongly, stating that Sebi, actually, was one of the best athlete of all of them. He’s even a stick on the golf course.
“It’s full BS. [Sebi] is one of the best. Actually, he’s one of the best. His hand-eye coordination is unbelievable. His swing — I’m jealous of his swing really. It’s loopy. He’s a lefty. He’s a pure righty, however he performs golf lefty. He performed hockey lefty. I imply, he grew up taking part in hockey. He was fairly good at it, too. Like he skates actually properly, performs golf properly, performs tennis superbly.”
She added, “He’s filled with s—. Excuse my French.”
Sebi will face off towards No. 10 Hubert Hurkacz within the fourth spherical of Australian Open this weekend with an opportunity to advance to his first grand slam quarterfinal. Nelly begins the third spherical of the Event of Champions on Saturday 4 pictures off the lead.
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