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‘Complete BS’: Nelly Korda says Sebi is the best, not worst, athlete in the family after Australian Open win

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Nellie Korda may not have planned to wake up at 4:15 to watch her brother play the Australian Open, but when your brother has one of the most important matches of his life, sometimes your body just knows.

Nelly hoped she would wake up to the news that Sebi had beaten world No. 8 Daniil Medvedev in the third round. Instead, she had to watch her younger brother win in straight sets.

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“I saw him win at the restaurant, so it was cool,” Nellie said Friday at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions. “I actually woke up 30 minutes before my alarm to watch him play, just knowing he was playing.”

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To be honest, he did a lot of work. He has an amazing support system and it’s really cool and especially to see how he does what he does. I hope he can continue this run. But from the outside, it’s really something special to see how he achieves all this, and I’m very happy for him.

Sebi, whose full name is Sebastian, never missed an opportunity to highlight his family’s accomplishments after the victory, even if it was at his own expense.

After he pointed out that both of his sisters, Nellie and Jessica, and his father Peter had won the Australian Open, the interviewer played a bit of a prank on the 22-year-old.

Interviewer: “So you didn’t have time for a while, right?”

Sebi: “You know, I don’t know what ranking I will be in, but my mom’s career maximum was 24, dad was 2, Nelly was No. 1, my older sister Jessica was 6, so I’m definitely the worst athlete in the family at the moment” .

Nelly calls this statement “complete nonsense.”

“Honestly, he’s the best,” his older sister replied when asked if this was true. “His hand-eye coordination is incredible. His swing – I actually envy his swing. This is madness. He is left handed. He is right-handed by nature, but plays golf like a left-hander. He played hockey left-handed. I mean, he grew up playing hockey. He was good at it too. He’s very good at skating, he’s great at golf, he’s great at tennis.”

Nelly doesn’t exaggerate Sebi’s athletic ability too much.

While the youngest Korda started playing ice hockey at the age of 3, he decided to switch to tennis at the age of 9 after competing in the 2009 US Open with his father. Just two years later, at the age of 11, he won a golf tournament in Prague.

How is Sebi playing golf today?

“It’s funny; he turns it to the left, which is very nice,” said Nellie. .

Further domination of Korda could be in a matter of days. Sebi will look to save his Down Under streak on Saturday when he faces 10th seed Hubert Hurkacz in the fourth round. In the US, Nellie is second in singles before the weekend at Lake Nona.


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