World No. 1 Nelly Korda Sheds Light on Her Learnings From Tennis Fame Naomi Osaka

Published 10/21/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Women’s Individual – Final – Round 2 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – August 5, 2021. Nelly Korda of the United States in action. REUTERS/Murad Sezer


Nelly Korda is currently the top women’s golfer on the LPGA Tour. Moreover, she is also one of the most popular names in the golfing world. Nelly has six LPGA Tour wins, with one major championship victory coming in this year at the Women’s PGA Championship. Furthermore, she also won a Gold medal for her country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

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Nelly is pretty young and has already achieved so much in her career. Sometimes it can get difficult for a young athlete like her to handle the fame and pressure. In fact, she recently talked about the pressure a professional athlete goes through. Let us see what exactly she said. 

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Nelly Korda reveals the pressure that fame brings with Naomi Osaka’s example 

Nelly Korda recently was called as a guest on a podcast where they asked her about handling the pressure and fame. “Yeah, I mean you also learn from like, other people, I mean, like Naomi Osaka,” said Nelly. “You don’t even know what is gonna happen with the girl that just won the US Open. She has all this fame, and you don’t know what’s going to happen, but you know, a prime example is Osaka. Has she just shot up into stardom, and it’s super hard for her.”

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Nelly further explained that fame has its pro and cons. However, she also said that everything in life does have pros and cons, and she enjoys being in the limelight and wants to inspire the next generation.  

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Women’s Individual – Final – Round 2 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – August 5, 2021. Nelly Korda of the United States looks at her ball. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

“So it’s tough. It honestly has its pros and cons. Everything does in life. I mean, I enjoy it. I love it and inspiring the next generation, and I love being out there, and you know, that’s what I work for. But, you know, it’s hard to.” 

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What has also helped her is the fact that Korda has a sporting environment at her home as her dad was a tennis player while her sister is also a professional golfer and her brother a tennis player. No doubt, having sportspersons around certainly helps, something many athletes don’t get.   

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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