Maria Sharapova Now The Highest Paid Sportswoman In The World

Maria Sharapova Now The Highest Paid Sportswoman In The World

Seven of the 10 richest sportswomen in the world during the past year, according to Forbes, were tennis players, with Maria Sharapova top of the list with earnings of $29m (£18.9m).

Maria Sharapova Now The Highest Paid Sportswoman In The World

The Russian's endorsements of $23m dwarfed the $6m she collected in prize-money for a 12-month period ending in June of this year.

Much of her income came from sportswear manufacturers Head and Nike, while the 26-year-old has also launched her own brand of sweets called Sugarpova.

Second in the list of leading female earners was Serena Williams of the United States ($20.5m), followed by China's Li Na ($18.2m) and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus ($15.7m).

Other tennis players in the top 10 are Caroline Wozniacki ($13.6m), Agnieszka Radwanska ($7.4m) and Ana Ivanovic ($7m).

The only three non-tennis players in the women's top-10 are American Nascar driver Danica Patrick ($15m), South Korean figure skater Kim Yuna ($14m) and US golfer Paula Creamer ($5.5m).

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