10 Hottest Female Athletes of 2011

Anderson Melvin@AndersonRainsCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2011

10 Hottest Female Athletes of 2011

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    Female athletes often get overlooked as athletes and are labeled as sex symbols. While this list is similar to most others, trying to factor in what they've done in 2011 is a part of the equation. 

    Most women's professional sports are hanging on by a thread and these are the ladies helping them stay afloat. 

    So here is one guy's take on the hottest female athlete's of 2011—both on and off the field—starting from 10 and moving to 1.

Honorable Mention: Blair O'Neal

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    You saw her in the opening slide and had she actually done something on the course in 2011, she would probably be No. 1.

    Sorry Blair.


    Blair O'Neal in 2011: played in two tournaments, finishing 139th and T-117. Not great, but look at her.

Honorable Mention: Lolo Jones

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    For Lolo Jones, it's been somewhat of a disappointing year having to deal with injuries and illnesses.

    But that doesn't stop her from getting an honorable mention.


    Lolo Jones in 2011: third at Doha in 100m women's hurdles (12.67)

10. Candace Parker

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    Candace Parker is one of the beauties of the WNBA, and she still put up impressive numbers despite tearing her meniscus.


    Candace Parker in 2011: 18.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 2.8 ASP in 17 games for the Los Angeles Sparks.

9. Gretchen Bleiler

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    Bleiler has been busy shooting semi-nude pictures for ESPN, but she's still had time to compete and find some success.

    Gretchen Bleiler in 2011: third place finish in halfpipe at US Open

8. Dominika Cibulkova

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    This Slovak tennis player is one I've had my eye on for a while now. She's just one of a few tennis stars on the list. 

    And she's only 22.

    Thank you, tennis.


    Dominika Cibulkova in 2011: No. 20 world ranking, 37-21 record, zero titles

7. Christina Vukicevic

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    Vukicevic is slowly making her way up the sex symbol list and earlier this year became single. Good luck guys.


    Christina Vukicevic in 2011: bronze medal at 2011 European Indoor Championships, 60m hurdles

6. Alex Morgan

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    The second youngest on the list—behind Dominika Cibulkova—is US women's soccer superstar Alex Morgan. 

    At only 22 she should find her way to many more lists in the future.


    Alex Morgan in 2011: first Overall Pick in 2011 Women's Professional Soccer draft; two goals in 2011 Women's World Cup

5. Allyson Felix

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    She dominates.

    Allyson Felix in 2011: first place finishes at IAAF Diamond League, 400m, 200m; first place finish at USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, 400m; first place finish in World Championships in Athletics, 4x100m, 4x400m.

4. Ana Ivanovic

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    Ana Ivanovic is another tennis player that makes the sport so much more fun to watch.

    Despite not winning a title in 2011 she still breaks the top five on this list.

    Ana Ivanovic in 2011: No. 23 world ranking, 28-19 record, zero titles

3. Maria Kirilenko

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    My personal favorite women's tennis player.

    Kirilenko has had a decent singles year, but her two doubles titles and good looks vaulted her up the list.

    Maria Kirilenko in 2011: No. 24 world ranking, 28-21 singles record, two doubles titles

2. Hope Solo

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    Hope Solo's busted on the scene in a big way. It was hard to keep her out of the top spot on my list, but she has gotten and will get plenty more attention.

    Hope Solo in 2011: led US Women's soccer team in goal to the 2011 World Cup second place finish; Golden Glove (best goalie) winner at 2011 World Cup; named to 2011 World Cup All-Star team.

1. Maria Sharapova

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    She might be ranked second in the tennis world, but she's No. 1 in the female sports world.

    Maria Sharapova has been atop similar lists for years and you can tack one more onto her total. 

    She's beautiful, she wins, she's tall and blonde, she's got the whole package, and takes the cake of the "10 Hottest Female Athletes of 2011."


    Maria Sharapova in 2011: No. 2 world ranking, 48-12 record, 2 singles titles