Sharapova holds world's top paid title
Updated: 2013-08-06 16:27
Russian world No 3 Maria Sharapova tops the Forbes list for the ninth straight year with $29 million in earnings from prize money, endorsements and appearance fees between June 2012 and June 2013.
Fellow tennis star Serena Williams with $20.5 million was runner up, followed by Li Na in third with $18.2 million and Victoria Azarenka fourth, with $15.7 million.
Seven of the 10 women athletes who made the Forbes list were tennis players.
NASCAR racer Danica Patrick cruised into the fifth position with $15 million over the course of the last 12 months.
South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-na ($14 million) came in sixth, followed by another trio of tennis aces - Caroline Wozniacki ($13.6 million), Agnieszka Radwanska ($7.4 million), Ana Ivanovic ($7 million).
Golfer Paula Creamer with $5.5 million in earnings rounded out the top 10.
The 2013 World's Highest-paid Female Athletes
1. Maria Sharapova, Russia
Total earnings: $29 million
Prize money: $6 million
Endorsements: $23 million
Sharapova completed the career Grand Slam last year when she won the French Open. The win triggered lucrative bonuses with sponsors Nike and Head. Her $26.7 million in career prize money ranks third all-time behind the Williams sisters.
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles semi-final match during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, June 6, 2013. [Photo/Agencies]