LOS ANGELES -- Brazilian UFC fighter Cris Cyborg Justino became a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony Tuesday.The 31-year-old from Curitiba, Brazil, was among thousands who took the oath of citizenship at the Los Angeles Convention Center.Justino, who said she added Cyborg as a middle name on her naturalization papers, said coming to the United States has changed her life.The first time I went to America, I had the opportunity to fight here and people really appreciate my work and appreciate my sport, she said, while lining up with 2,300 citizenship applicants for the days first ceremony.Its an opportunity for me (to) give back for the American community what they give to me. I can vote. I can participate more, she said.Justino came to the United States on a visa for competitive athletes in 2008 and later applied for a green card, said Richard M. Wilner, her immigration attorney.She applied to naturalize in December 2015.Wilner said becoming a citizen was a personal decision for Justino and will not affect her work in the sport.The veteran fighter is 17-1 since her 2005 debut and has won titles in the Strikeforce and Invicta promotions. She signed with the UFC earlier this year and lives in Huntington Beach.Including a second ceremony scheduled for the afternoon, some 4,000 people from more than 120 countries were being naturalized Tuesday. http://www.broncosrookiestore.com/Broncos-Demarcus-Ware-Jersey/ . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. http://www.broncosrookiestore.com/Broncos-Von-Miller-Jersey/ . 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"The car balance is decent, but I think we can still improve," Vettel said. Angelique Kerber was sweaty. She had just beaten Johanna Konta in the semifinals of the Australian Open to book a trip to her first major final. Her on-court interview had finished about 30 seconds earlier. Adrenaline pumping, she popped out into a quiet hallway at Rod Laver Arena.I had just finished my assignment for ESPN and was wandering back to the ESPN compound that hot Thursday Melbourne afternoon. I had just watched Kerber, 28 years old and playing in her 33rd Grand Slam tournament, pull off a crisp, clean match that included just 11 unforced errors to 14 winners.Kerber had won seven career titles at that point and more than $9 million. She had been ranked in the top 10 for years. She had been to the US Open semifinals in 2011 and the Wimbledon semifinals in 2012. But this -- this 2016 Australian Open moment -- was by far the biggest of her career.Well congratulations! I said.But she wanted more.I cant find anyone from my team, she said (and I swear I could see the excitement and thrill dripping off of her). Ive just gotten to my first major final, and I have nobody to hug.You can hug me if you want,?I said.And she did.Two days later, Kerber went on to beat Serena Williams -- the same Serena Williams who four months earlier was two wins away from a calendar Grand Slam and was holding all four major titles -- in the final to win her first major title.And Kerbers year just kept getting better from there. In addition to winning the Aussie, she was runner-up (to Serena) at Wimbledon, won the title in her home country at Stuttgart, took silver (to Monica Puig) at the Olympics, took out Petra Kvitova, Roberta Vinci, Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova to win the US Open. She started 2016 ranked No. 10 in the world and finished ranked No. 1.For so many years in womens tennis, we had been looking for that person, who, like Serena, could follow up a great result at a Grand Slam. That player who could make a run to the semis or the final annd then back it up.ddddddddddddNobody had been able to do it. But Kerber was able to break that pattern. She backed it up beautifully. From start to finish -- from the Australian Open to the WTA Finals in Singapore, where she lost in the final -- she was the best player in 2016.I think a lot of her success can be traced to the offseason -- exactly this time last year. She stepped up her physical strength, her conditioning, her footwork. She became more professional in all the little details.But she also worked really hard on the emotional side. That was always the big question mark around Kerber over the years: Could she remain emotionally competent week in, week out, match in, match out. A lot of the time I sit courtside during matches, and I would see her get negative ... the way she would look up at her coach, Torben Beltz, the way she would get testy when the tide of a match would start to turn. In 2016, she had her best attitude -- her most consistent, professional attitude.She was just really grounded, really professional, really consistent, really good.Ive been thinking over the past few days about what we can expect from Kerber in 2017. And I dont see her going away. She passed so many tests in 2016, and she is such a veteran. She turns 29 next month, and shes been a top-10 player for years. I think we can look forward to more from Kerber. Another major? I dont see why not. Another No. 1 at the end of the year? I wouldnt put that past her, either.More on Angelique Kerber? Kerber and the power of positivity?Story ?? The spectacular renaissance of Angelique Kerber?Story ?? 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