Aubert finds tennis groove again, wins 3.5 singles title
By ALLEN GEMAEHLICH
She returned to the tennis courts three years ago, and it didn’t take long for Jennie Aubert to find her game again.
Friday, the 37-year-old Grand Junction woman won her second consecutive Taco Bell Western Slope Open 3.5 singles title, defeating Samantha Perner, 20, of Highlands Ranch 6-4, 6-0 at the Elliott Tennis Center at Mesa State College.
“I love playing singles,” Aubert said. “I never played Sammie before. It’s fun to have a new draw. I really enjoyed it.
“(Perner’s) got some strong strokes. She has a great serve and volley. I was able to keep the ball in play. I felt like I was on my game. She’s a great player. She teaches at the country club, so I knew it would be a good match today.”
Aubert played tennis in her youth in Texas, but got away from the game in high school.
After she moved to Grand Junction, a friend got her back into tennis.
“A friend of mine asked me to play in the USTA league three years ago,” Aubert said.
“I wasn’t sure about it, but I came out and did well. It is a fun time.”
Aubert plays singles for the USTA team and plays on a regular basis.
After she started playing again, she urged her husband to play tennis and now he’s playing in the tournament.
Their 8-year-old son is currently taking lessons from Dan MacDonald at the Junction Indoor Tennis Center. They hope to get their
4-year-old daughter in the game someday, too.
“I’m trying to be a good role model for my kids,” Aubert said.
If nothing else, she’s teaching them how to win. With the victory, she’s getting closer to moving up to the 4.0 level.
“I haven’t played a singles match against a 4.0 player,” she said. “I need to go play a match. I’m not sure what it takes, but it’s something I’m shooting for.”
Cheng-er Mehmedbasich of Grand Junction won the women’s 4.0 singles title with two victories in the round-robin draw.
The 53-year-old defeated 19-year-old AngaLynn Chastain of Austin, Texas, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) in the deciding match Friday.
Susan Blizzard of Glenwood Springs won her first Western Slope Open tournament with two wins in the women’s 3.0 singles round-robin draw. She gave up only one game in each match.
Cynthia Bulger of Grand Junction won the women’s 2.5 singles draw, a new event this year.
Men’s singles titles and doubles finals are scheduled for today and Sunday.
The rest of the tournament will be played at Canyon View Park and Mesa State College. All of Sunday’s matches are at Canyon View, with the headquarters moving from the college to the park to allow workers to complete projects so Mesa State’s coaches can move into their new offices next week.