But for sisters Jessica and Nelly Korda, they have a “built-in best buddy” who comes with them to keep them company – one to another – as they travel to faraway events.

But they really do feel the importance of having each other out of class.

“We always said it was like a built-in best friend,” Nelly told Living Golf on CNN. “An automatic dinner buddy.

“Because life gets pretty lonely here, from destination to destination. So it’s fun having someone in the same hotel and having automatic practice rounds together too. So it’s a lot of fun and it definitely makes life a lot easier too. “

Jessica admits that since they’ve grown up and it’s only been five years between them, it’s “really cool” that they’re still “really like each other.”

“We are best friends and there is nothing that I don’t share with her,” she said.

“And then it’s so nice too, when we were in line at Avis the other day and the line was about an hour and standing there on your own stinks, but you have someone else so you can talk to someone and have fun and just be normal together. So I think that part is really fun for us. “

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A sporty family

Sport is literally in the blood of the Korda sisters.

Their father, Petr, crowned a successful tennis career in 1998 by winning the Australian Open. His wife, Regina Rajchrtová, was also a professional tennis player.

Even their younger brother Sebastian is one of the most promising tennis prospects on the tour right now.

Jessica stands with her younger brother and father Petr on the 18th hole in the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions on February 26, 2011.

Jessica remembers because she was a “very energetic kid” she was introduced to a variety of sports, from “gymnastics to figure skating, ballet, tap dancing, tennis, golf”.

“Anything I could extract energy from, I did. I didn’t do it for long, obviously because as a kid you’re like, ‘No, I don’t like that. I don’t want to. not go there anymore. ‘ But golf is always fair, I mean I felt really comfortable with golf. “

Their future success in the professional sports of their choice may have been drawn in the forges of childhood Monopoly games between the family, as Nelly recalls particularly “competitive” battles between her and Sebastian over the board game.

Perhaps this is because, even though they are the children of two former tennis stars, Nelly remembers their family spending more time together playing golf because it is easier to do as a group.

And this competitive upbringing seems to have served both of them very well in their golfing careers, both having won professional golf tours several times when they were only in their twenties.

Jessica, 28, has six wins on the LPGA Tour, her best results in one of the majors being tied for fourth at the ANA Inspiration and the Women’s PGA Championship in 2018.

Nelly and Jessica Korda train before competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Nelly has had a breakthrough in 2021.

Only 23 years old, she has had four wins on the LPGA Tour this season, bringing the total number of her victories on the tour to seven, including her first major, finishing first at the PGA Women’s Championship. in June.

However, the turning point of her memorable season – in which she reached No. 1 in the women’s golf rankings – may have come at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, where she won the gold medal for the American team.

The coolest part of the experience (other than the “American Gear Duffel Bags” they both received)? The two being able to represent Team USA together.

“The Olympics were a big goal [and] being able to share that with my sister, I think that was the biggest goal, ”recalls Jessica.

“Our mom is the only one who competed in the Olympics and now it’s like the exclusive girls club in Korda households. And then watch Nelly win the gold and the drama that unfolded in the last hour on the golf course, with the rain delay, it was just very, very special, not only to watch it but also to play, to be able to compete with literally the best players in the world and how hard it is to stand qualify for the United States team. “

Standing on the podium with the United States national anthem playing with her family, Nelly describes feeling a “deluge of emotions.”

“It’s weird because for golf growing up we didn’t have the Olympics in mind because it wasn’t a reality until 2016,” she explained.

“So growing up these people trained their whole lives, swimming, on the track to go to the Olympics. As if that was the main goal for them. So our main goal growing up, until 2016 , was to win major championships.

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Nelly poses with her sister Jessica after winning gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“So I didn’t really know what to expect on my way there. And then walking around the village was really cool to see all the other athletes. And once I get on that podium you don’t really know what to expect. what to expect because the track and the swimming – I’m just saying those two sports, but there’s a bunch of others – they know, like they watch the Olympics and they say, “That’s what I want. That’s it. “So when I got on the podium I had tears in my eyes and I was like, ‘Wow, this is really amazing.'”

While both say their goals for the immediate future only extend to staying cohesive and healthy, Jessica has a more tangible, higher goal.

“Stay consistent and try to win certain events. Stay relevant in the family! She joked.