“Tennis is just a game, family is forever.”
By Alex P. Vidal
Paris Reese was 12 years old when her look-alike, Serena Williams, collected her third US Open title in women singles in 2008 by whipping Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 7-5 in the hard court.
This was when her father, Jack, invited me to watch Paris perform superbly in Las Vegas where she ran away with the 2008 DTC Santa Clause Classic Tennis championship.
Reese, a Coronado mainstay and the Cougar’s dominant figure in Sunrise Region at Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas, loves the Williams sisters — Serena and Venus — so much.
“Oh, one day I want to be like them; I want to be like Serena. She’s my role model,” Paris told this writer. “I also like the way Serena smiles especially when she raises her trophy.”
“Someday you will also earn millions of dollars like them, and I hope you won’t forget me,” I replied to Paris in jest. She retorted, “You will write about me in the future. How can I forget you?”
We also watched Serena’s masterful conquest of Russian Dinara Safina, 6-0, 6-3, in the 2009 Australian Open for Serena’s unprecedented fourth Aussie crown.
“I will always support Paris in her favorite sport. I know she will be a great tennis player someday,” Jack told this writer.
Paris almost resembles Serena’s physique. Like the world No. 1 tennis player from Michigan, Paris also loves to curl her hair and feels comfortable whacking the ball with both legs in spread position. “She is still growing,” Jack quipped. “She will be taller and heavier when she reaches 18.”
Since putting away Jankovic and Safina, Serena yielded only one of her eight trips to the final in the Wimbledon Open, French Open, and US Open. Serena lost a gut-wrenching match to Australia’s Samantha Stosur, 2-6, 3-6 in the 2011 US Open.
Serena blasted her sister Venus, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in the 2009 Wimbledon final in the grass court; trounced Justine Henin, 6-4, 3-6, 62 in the 2010 Australian Open for his fifth title; clobbered Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 for her fifth title in the 2012 Wimbledon Open; subdued Victoria Azarenka, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5; and walloped Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-4, in the 2013 French Open clay court.
Serena made headlines once more recently when she smashed Azarenka again, 7–5, 6–7(6–8), 6–1, for her fifth US Open title.
Serena, 31 (she turns 32 on September 26), has a boyfriend, Patrick Mouratoglou, 12 years her senior. “Strictly no boyfriend for Paris yet. No way,” vowed Jack, the “stage father.”