by kathy loy | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

It’s not every day you hear about kids who flew to the other side of the world, unaccompanied by parents, to visit their family in Estonia. Last summer, Emily Fowler and her younger sister did just that, although Emily says it probably won’t happen again since her mother “was super worried the entire time!”

Emily is used to exciting experiences. She started playing tennis at just five years old and between tennis and swim team, she spends a lot of time outdoors. “My mom signed me up for my first tennis clinic and it has become my favorite sport ever since. She thought since I was left handed, tall and strong for my age, that this would be a good fit for me,” said Emily. “I play junior tournaments almost every weekend and have started to do really well.”

Emily, now in her first year at Solana Pacific School, has lived in Pacific Highlands Ranch since 2007. She especially loves the area because it is close to a recreation center and Rancho Valencia, where she plays tennis. Also close by is the Boys and Girls Club, where Emily practices for the Rancho San Dieguito Swim Team two to three days a week.

[pullquote_left]“I play junior tournaments almost every weekend and have started to do really well.”

-Emily Fowler[/pullquote_left]

Before living in Carmel Valley, Emily lived in downtown San Diego, where they now go back to visit friends. “Our favorite places to visit there are Balboa Park and Coronado,” explained Emily. These days, the beach in Del Mar or Cardiff by the Sea are fun places to go. “One of our favorite things to do on Sundays is to play a family tennis match, and afterwards go to the Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market, where we order the biggest crepes stuffed with Nutella, fresh strawberries and whipping cream,” said Emily.

When she isn’t playing tennis or swimming, Emily enjoys biking, riding her scooter, surfing and playing with her puppy. Tennis remains her true love, though, and her mother’s support has helped. “I admire my mom. She has been raising me and my sister alone. She works hard but always finds time to exercise and play tennis with me,” said Emily. “My other idol is [tennis champion] Maria Sharapova.”