Forbes has recently released the list for top 10 highest paid female athletes which are mostly dominated by Tennis stars with Maria Sharapova leading the chart followed by the American Serena Williams. Apart from Tennis stars Danica Patrick (Auto racing driver), Ronda Rousey (martial artist) and Stacy Lewis (golf) are the three to feature in the list.  

Here is the complete list released by Forbes:

1. Maria Sharapova:

Total Earnings: $29.7 million

Winnings: $6.7 million

Endorsements: $23 million

After Winning the French Open 2014, Sharapova hasn’t managed to win any grand slams which might have affected her career prize money considerably, but the endorsement deal has made up for that remarkably which tops her in the list. Her major endorsement partners other than Nike and Head include Avon Products, Porsche, Tag Heuer and Evian.

2. Serena Williams:

Total Earnings: $24.6 million

Winnings: $11.6 million

Endorsements: $13 million

The American Serena Williams is on the verge of completely a calendar slam and has been in sublime form in the 2015 season. Her winnings are almost double that of Maria Sharapova. The world no.1 added deals with Chase and Audemars Piguet. She also expanded her Gatorade relationship.

3. Caroline Wozniacki:

Total Earnings: $14.6 million

Winnings: $3.6 million

Endorsements: $11 million

Caroline Wozniacki, the former no.1 progress in grand slams haven’t been that great but that doesn’t stop the Danish woman being no.3 in the list. Her new deals are with Godiva Chocolates and Lavazza coffee. She is also the first athlete sponsor ever for Godiva. She also appeared in the sports illustrated swimsuit where she raised more than $80,000 for charity.

4. Danica Patrick:

Total Earnings: $13.9 million

Winnings: $7.9 million

Endorsements: $6 million

Patrick has been featured in super bowl commercials and the main sponsor for Danica Patrick is Go Daddy.

5. Ana Ivanovic:

Total Earnings: $8.3 million

Winnings: $1.8 million

Endorsements: $6.5 million

Ana Ivanovic since her French Open triumph in 2008 hasn’t been much successful in grand slam events, but her endorsements are good enough to keep her in the list. Her chief sponsor is Adidas. Ivanovic renewed her deal with  Dubai Duty-Free in 2015 and picked up a new sponsor in Shiseido.

6. Petra Kvitova:

Total Earnings: $7.7 million

Winnings: $5.9 million

Endorsements: $1.8 million

Petra Kvitova earned $3 million after her Wimbledon triumph in the year 2014. It also fetched her valuable bonuses from sponsors Nike and Wilson. She also signed a multi-year deal with Watchmaker Ritmo Mundo in the spring.

7. Simona Halep:

Total Earnings: $6.8 million

Winnings: $5.3 million

Endorsements: $1.5 million

Simona Halep is the latest sensation in Tennis. Although she hasn’t reigned supreme in grand slam events she managed to reach the finals of French Open in 2014. Halep has sponsorship deals with Adidas, Wilson and several Romanian firms.

8. Ronda Rousey:

Total Earnings: $6.5 million

Winnings: $3 million

Endorsements: $3.5 million

The mixed martial arts champion has featured in three big budget movies over the past 12 months. Her endorsements deals include Reebok, Metro PCS, Monster Headphones, Buffalo David Bitton and Carl’s Jr.

9. Stacy Lewis:

Total earnings: $6.4 million

Winnings: $2.4 million

Endorsements: $4 million

Lewis won her second LPGA player of the year award in three years in 2014. She enjoys many sponsors which include Mizuno, KPMG, Marathon Petroleum, PureSilk, Antigua apparel, Omega, Manulife, Bridgestone and Footjoy.

10. Agnieszka Radwanska:

Total Earnings: $6 million

Winnings: $2 million

Endorsements: $4 million

Since her 2012 Wimbledon triumph, Radwanska hasn’t been successful in grand slam events as she finished no.6 in WTA rankings last year. She renewed endorsement deals with Lotto, Babolat and Lexus at healthy increases. She also added a new sponsor in Workday.


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