The Korda family cannot stop winning! Just two days after his sister, Nelly, lifted her first major crown at the Women’s PGA Championship in Atlanta, Sebastian Korda upset Australian 15th seed Alex de Minaur 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(5) for a place in the Wimbledon second round.
Korda was eager to praise his sister following his victory on Tuesday, citing the inspiration she provided him heading into his Wimbledon main draw debut.
“Having my sister win her first major and now [being] the No. 1 golfer in the world is something incredible,” said Korda. “She’s 22 years old and already doing crazy things like that, so it’s really inspirational.
“I was with my dad watching in his room and it was super nerve-wracking. There was definitely some stress there, but she handled herself so well. It was super cool and both my Dad and I were super emotional and were just super happy for her.”
Coming into the Women’s PGA Championships, Nelly Korda had clinched her fifth LPGA golf title the week prior, but she secured her first major on Sunday by a three-stroke margin at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
The sporting prowess of the Korda family is well documented. As a result of Nelly’s victory she is now ranked World No. 1 on the LPGA Tour, while Sebastian’s other sister, Jessica, also a golfer, is ranked World No. 13. His parents are former tennis players Petr Korda, the 1998 Australian Open champion, and Regina Rajchrtova, who reached a career-high of World No. 26.
Korda was in contact with both of his sisters following his first-round win over De Minaur, and they both said they were “super pumped” for him.
— Jessica Korda (@Thejessicakorda) June 29, 2021
#NextGenATP Korda struck 44 winners and saved seven of nine break points to work his way past De Minaur, who captured his fifth ATP Tour title on Saturday at the Viking International Eastbourne.
“I was playing some really good tennis,” said Korda. “I started off really well and used my tactics and kept coming at him.”
The 20-year-old American held his nerve after losing a tight third set tie-break to recover from 1-3 down in the fourth set. Korda, who captured his first ATP Tour title at last month’s Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma (d. Cecchinato), will next face China’s Zhizhen Zhang or another qualifier, Antoine Hoang of France.
“My game is really comfortable on grass,” said Korda. “I think I move pretty well for how tall I am. I love to be aggressive and come to the net, and I hit a pretty big ball, so I think it works really well on the grass.”