Nelly Korda, Match Play with Leona Maguire

Nelly Korda and Irish golfer Leona Maguire advanced to the final of the T-Mobile Match Play tournament held in Las Vegas after brilliantly overcoming the quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday

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Nelly Korda, Match Play with Leona Maguire
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Nelly Korda and Irish golfer Leona Maguire advanced to the final of the T-Mobile Match Play tournament held in Las Vegas after brilliantly overcoming the quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday. The world number 1, aiming for her fourth consecutive LPGA Tour victory, defeated South Korean Narin An by 4-3 in one of the semifinals, while Maguire overcame South Korean Sei Young Kim by 3-2 at the Shadow Creek Golf Course.

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Korda established an imposing early lead, winning the first three holes, all par 4s, while An struggled with bogeys. Korda made birdies on holes 6 and 7 to extend her lead to five holes. An responded with a birdie, while Korda made a bogey on the par 4 10th hole, but Korda bounced back with a par on the 11th hole, while An needed an extra stroke.

An made par on the par 3 13th hole to win a hole, but Korda secured the semifinal by halving the 14th hole (both made bogeys) and the 15th hole (both made pars). Maguire went two up on Kim with a par on the first hole and a birdie on the 3rd.

Kim made a birdie on the 4th hole, a par 5, to narrow the gap. Kim birdied the 4th hole to reduce her deficit, but fell further behind when her opponent made par on the 7th and 10th holes. Kim's only birdie came on the 14th, and Maguire made par on the 15th and 16th to close out the match.

In the quarterfinals, Maguire defeated Thai golfer Moriya Jutanugarn by 4-3, who had advanced through a four-player elimination round on Friday to reach the weekend. Korda defeated compatriot Angel Yin by 3-2 in her quarterfinal match.

Kim defeated American Rose Zhang by 6-5, while An overcame Japanese player Minami Katsu by 1-2 in the other quarterfinal match. Born in Bradenton, in Manatee County, Nelly Korda is the daughter of Czech tennis players Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtová.

She is also the sister of Jessica, who is also a golfer, and Sebastian, a professional tennis player. Since 2019, she has been romantically involved with NHL player Andreas Athanasiou.

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