Northport’s Cannon Kingsley, a former Suffolk County singles champion and future Ohio St. Buckeye, advanced to the quarterfinals of the US Open Junior tournament on Thursday afternoon.
Kingsley defeated 10th seed Liam Draxl of Canada 7-6(7), 7-6(6), fighting back from an early deficit to secure his spot in the final eight.
Draxl raced out to an early lead as he secured the match’s first break, but Kingsley continued to work hard in the opening set. He had seven break points total in the set, and converted on one of them to bring the set back on serve and force a tiebreaker.
After taking the first set, Kingsley’s serve in the second was not as sharp but he came up big on the crucial points, saving five break points in the frame and winning the second set tiebreaker to claim victory in straight sets.
On Friday, Kingsley aims to reach the semifinals. Standing in his way unseeded Swiss Dominic Stephan Stricker, who defeated Dalibor Svrcina of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
The two will be the second match on Court 6, and the full schedule of play for Friday at the 2019 US Open can be found here.