Aug. 20, 2008
FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y.- Florida State junior Jean-Yves Aubone made quick work of his first round opponent in U.S. Open Qualifying Wednesday morning, needing just over an hour to defeat Holland’s Melle Van Gemerden in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
“It was a good opportunity for him,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “He played a guy who was coming off injury, but had been one of the top-ranked players in the world. Once he got going out there he started to dominate.”
Aubone and Van Gemerden stayed on serve throughout most of the first set. With Aubone up 5-4, he broke Van Gemerden on his first break chance of the match to take the first set 6-4. In the second set, the All-American broke early to go up 2-0 and broke again to go ahead 5-1 before serving out the match. Aubone only faced one break point on his serve in the match and held serve easily in almost every game. He now plays 18th-seeded Bjorn Phau in the second round. Phau is ranked 136th in the world this year.
“I’m really proud of him, he handled the situation of playing on a big court and did a great job,” Hultquist said. “This next match will give Jean-Yves an idea of where he stacks up playing the number 18 seed.”
Aubone’s second round match time has not been determined, for live results visit: www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/index.html?promo=topnav.