Korda's Daughter Wins Australian Open Golf Title
by ATP Staff|
Petr Korda's daughter, Jessica, won the women's Australian Open golf title at Royal Melbourne, for her first LPGA Tour trophy, on Sunday. She celebrated by breaking out her father's trademark scissor-kick celebration.
"Jessica knows all about my scissor-kick celebration," Petr Korda told ATPWorldTour.com, from his Florida home, on Monday. "All my children do. I didn't think she would do it though!
"I am very proud. It is a great achievement. To have achieved it in Melbourne is incredible. Maybe we ought to ask for citizenship?" Korda won the 1998 Australian Open (d. Rios) and was runner-up at Roland Garros in 1992 (l. to Courier).
"My brother-in-law managed to find a live streaming website, so he was describing what was happening. I was really nervous. I started walking around my house when the play-off started. I even left and walked my dog at one point. Towards the end, my heart felt like it was at 200 beats per minute."
Jessica Korda, who first started playing golf aged six, became the sixth youngest winner in LPGA Tour history and the fourth youngest to win a 72-hole event. In a six-player play-off, the 18-year-old American won with a 25-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole.
"It is a really special place for my family," said Jessica Korda, the oldest of three children in the Korda family. "For my first win, I honestly could not have thought of a better place."
What did her father say when they spoke by phone after the victory? "That he was, 'So proud of me and we'll talk about the three-putts after,' " she said.