Amy Kneale cruised past Connie Halquist, 6-2, 6-0, to capture the 16-and-under girls title in the Greater Washington Tennis Championships and then returned an hour later to crush Caryn Schindler, 6-1, 6-0, for the 18-and-under crown at Bethesda Country Club yesterday.
Schindler, a 17-year-old senior at Kennedy High School who will be playing for the University of Maryland next season, broke Kneale's serve in the first game of the 18-and-under match by bringing her opponent to the net with drop shots and then passing her.
But Kneale, 16, a student at Wakefield High who plays out of Army Navy Country Club, broke back immediately with several aggressive service returns and outdueled Schindler from the baseline on the Har-Tru court.
After Knelae took two close games for a 3-1 lead, Schindler seemed to wilt in the heat and lost the next 12 points to end the set.
"I kept on pushing myself because I've lost a lot of matches by letting down," said the 5-foot-3 Kneale.
The tenacious, steady Kneale poured on the pressure in the second set, dropping only eight points as Schindler, a former doubles partner of Pam Shriver, surrendered to the humidity and to Kneale's ground strokes.
Time and again, Kneale caught Schindler out of position by uncorking her unorthodox, two-fisted topspin backhand.
Dani Streiter upset top-seeded Susan Bress, 7-5, 6-3, to win the 14-and-under championship and Eleni Rossides outsteadied Viva Sinha, 6-2, 6-2, to take the 12-and-under title. CAPTION: Picture, Amy Kneale hits two-fisted backhand during 16-and-under final. By Douglas Chevalier - The Washington Post