Seeded for the first time on the WTA Tour, Coco Vandeweghe brushed off the notion that she was under added pressure.
In fact, she barely even knew she was seeded before the Citi Open started.
''I didn't know I was seeded until I got the schedule and saw there was a seven next to my name,'' Vandeweghe said. ''I don't look at the draw, but I thought it was pretty cool to be seeded.''
Vandeweghe topped qualifier Aravane Rezai 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals Tuesday. She'll meet No. 4 Vania King, who beat Irina Falconi 6-2, 7-6 (5), in an all-American quarterfinal.
Vandeweghe made her first WTA Tour final in Stanford last month, where she lost to Serena Williams. Truth be told, she'd rather not be in Washington this week - her dream would put her in London, playing in the Olympics - but she's hoping to build on her recent success.
''That's a dream of mine to compete in the Olympics and win a medal eventually. It's almost more of a goal for me than to win a Grand Slam, beca...