Women's Tennis Association

La Costa standout plays well at USTA Nationals

La Costa standout plays well at USTA Nationals

When Cali Jankowski first tried tennis as a youngster, the La Costa resident really gave it a whack.

Hitting the ball with authority was partly a reflection of how hard Jankowski tried at the sport. Over time, though, she has turned to more finesse than force to become one of the nation’s top junior players.

With her 16th birthday approaching this month, Jankowski is fresh off of competing in her second straight USTA Junior National Girls Hard Court 16s. The tournament is being played in conjunction with the national 18s event this week at the Barnes Tennis Center.

Jankowski, who was seeded third, posted wins over Callie Billman and Chelsea Williams to reach the round of...