Maria Sharapova remains the highest paid female athlete

(Reuters) – Maria Sharapova may not have won a grand slam title since 2008, but the Russian tennis player remains unchallenged as the world’s highest paid woman in professional sports.

For the seventh straight year, Sharapova topped the annual list provided by Forbes magazine, despite failing to add to her three grand slam titles, although she did make the Wimbledon final in July.

Sharapova’s earnings, mostly off-court endorsements, were estimated at $25 million, twice as much as her nearest rival, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, the current women’s world number one.

American racing driver Danica Patrick was third with $12 million followed by tennis players Venus Williams, Belgium’s Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams.

Seven of the top nine female earners were tennis players, including China’s Li Na, who made $8 million last year but was expected to soar up the rankings and challenge Sharapova for the top spot after her breakthrough win at the French Open.

Top 10 women earners

1. Maria Sharapova $25 million (Russia, tennis)

2. Caroline Wozniacki $12.5 million (Denmark, tennis

3. Danica Patrick $12 million (U.S., motor racing)

4. Venus Williams $11.5 million (U.S., tennis)

5. Kim Clijsters $11 million (Belgium, tennis)

6. Serena Williams $10.5 million (U.S., tennis)

7. Kim Yuna $10 million (figure skating, South Korea)

8. Li Na $8 million (China, tennis)

9. Ana Ivanovic $6 million (Serbia, tennis)

10. Paula Creamer $5.5 million (U.S., golf)

One thought on “Maria Sharapova remains the highest paid female athlete

  1. Cheri

    I think the main surprise with this list is the fact that Venus is ahead of Serena, but they’re both savvy business women. Caroline’s a good example of how Denmark is now the world’s leading country for Social Mobility!

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