“She’s one of my best friends,” said Jessica, who turned pro in 2010 and has won four tournaments. “So it’s just really special to have her out here and see her living out her dream. I feel like a parent. I cried when she got her card. It was literally the coolest thing ever.”
Rajchrtova and her husband, Petr Korda, who are from the Czech Republic, were professional tennis players, and Petr won the Australian Open in 1998. Their three children, including son Sebastian, were born in the United States and grew up playing several sports. The U.S. Open is just a girls’ trip: Korda and his son were at Wimbledon, where Sebastian, 17, was competing in the junior tournament.
Jessica played tennis and did gymnastics and ballet, but growing up in Florida, she gravitated toward golf because there was seemingly a course around every corner.