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Serena Williams Tops Forbes List for Highest-Earning Female Athletes

US player Serena Williams celebrates beating Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova during their women’s singles fourth round match on the eighth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL /

23-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams has topped the Forbes list for the highest earning female athletes where eight of the highest earning female athletes are tennis players.

The list, which covers June 2017-June 2018, has Williams making just $62,000 in prize money owing largely to her 14-month break to have a baby . However, Williams’ $18 million in endorsements makes up for the difference, and it’s nearly double the amount of longtime rival Maria Sharapova, who makes $9.5 million in endorsement money.

Badminton and race car driver PV Sindhu and Danica Patrick, are the only non-tennis players who made the top 10 .In June, after Williams dropped out of the chart for the world’s top 100 highest earning athletes, the Forbes rankings did not feature any other woman

Here’s the list of the top 10 female athletes:

Serena Williams (tennis) — $18.1m

Caroline Wozniacki (tennis) — $13m

Sloane Stephens (tennis) — $11.2m

Garbine Muguruza (tennis) — $11m

Maria Sharapova (tennis) — $10.5m

Venus Williams (tennis) — $10.2m

P. V. Sindhu (badminton) — $8.5m

Simona Halep (tennis) — $7.7m

Danica Patrick (racing) — $7.5m

Angelique Kerber (tennis) — $7m

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