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YEAR-IN-REVIEW: Highlights of African-American Women in Sports for 2011…

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2011 was a great year in the sports world!

And many African-American athletes, including female athletes were among the top-moments-in-sports for the year. Let’s look at a some of the women that set themselves apart from the field in 2011.

Serena Williams made the US Open but caused controversy…


Hindered by injuries for most of 2011, Serena Williams struggled for a good bit of 2011.  Her best event was the 2011 US Open where she managed to make the finals against Australia’s Samantha Stosur.

Serena would ultimately fall to  Samantha; 2-6, 3-6, falling just shy of her 14th Grand Slam title.

However, Serena‘s finish was riddled with controversy. After chair umpire, Eva Asderaki awarded a point to  Samantha due to a “USTA hindrance rule“, Serena went on a “tirade verbally abusing and vaguely physically threatening the umpire“.

In the end, Serena was fined $2,000 for the incident.


Danielle Adams named Women’s NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player…

As part of the National Champion Texas A&M squad, Danielle Adams helped A&M come back from a 6 point second half lead by scoring ten straight points by herself as part of a 15-5 run that gave the Aggies the lead, and ultimately the game. Danielle scored 30 points for the game, the second most ever in NCAA Championship history.

Danielle would later be selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 WNBA draft by the San Antonio Silver Stars. The Silver Stars proved that placing their bets on her was better than when you play casino games when she set a franchise record for points in a game by a rookie with 32 on June 11th and was later named to the 2011 WNBA All-Star team.

Marlen Esparza won the Sixth National Boxing Championship

On June 25th, Marlen Esparza became just the third woman in history to win six straight national boxing championships when she defeated Tyrieshea Douglas on points 27-16.

This was a rematch of the 2010 championship. With her win, Marlen won an opportunity to compete in the 2012 Olympic trials. Marlen stated:

“I’ve always wanted to be able to go to the Olympics since I won my first national championship. I’m putting everything into it, the best years of my life.

It’s my life goal.”

Go girls!

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