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Forbes List for Highest Earning Female Athlete! Serena Williams tops list

The recent Forbes list for highest-earning female athlete has tennis star, Serena Williams topping the list.

Eight out of the top 10 highest earning female athletes are tennis players while Badminton’s PV Sindhu and race car driver Danica Patrick are the only non-tennis players in the list.

Williams earned $62,000 (£48,050) from prize money during the past year – owing largely to her 14-month break to have a baby – but made $18m (£13.95m) through endorsements.

Williams’ total earnings ensure she tops the list for the third successive year, making twice as much away from the tennis court as any other female athlete.

Forbes rankings of the world’s top 100 highest earning athletes released in June did not feature a woman after Williams dropped out of the chart.

US boxer Floyd Mayweather topped the list followed by football’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The top 10 highest earning female athletes earned $105m (£81.4m) in total from June 2017 to June 2018.

Caroline Wozniacki is second on the list having won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open earlier this year – a victory that secured her $3.1m (£2.4m) in prize money to push her total earnings to $13m (£10.1m).

Russian Sharapova was the top-earning female athlete for 11 consecutive years but has seen her earnings drop after her 15-month doping ban.

See the top 10 and their total earnings below:

Serena Williams (tennis) – $18.1m (£14m)
Caroline Wozniacki (tennis) – $13m (£10.1m)
Sloane Stephens (tennis) – $11.2m (£8.7m)
Garbine Muguruza (tennis) – $11m (£8.5m)
Maria Sharapova (tennis) – $10.5m (£8.1m)
Venus Williams (tennis) – $10.2m (£7.9m)
PV Sindhu (badminton) – $8.5m (£6.6m)
Simona Halep (tennis) – $7.7m (£6m)
Danica Patrick (race car driving) – $7.5m (£5.8m)
Angelique Kerber (tennis) – $7m (£5.4m)

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