Sharapova tops list of paid female athletes: Forbes
By Frank Pingue ,ReutersFrench Open champion Maria Sharapova held her perch atop the list of the world's highest-paid women in professional sports for an eighth-consecutive year, according to an annual survey released by Forbes on Monday.
August 1, 2012, 12:41 am TWN
The 25-year-old Russian, one of seven tennis players listed in the top 10, earned an estimated US$27.1 million from July 2011-July 2012, with most of that coming from off-court endorsements.
That was 47 percent above her nearest rival Li Na of China, whose 2011 French Open victory helped the world number 11 to more than double her earnings to US$18.4 million from US$8 million last year.
Former world number one tennis players Serena Williams (US$16.3 million) of the United States and Caroline Wozniacki (US$13.7 million) of Denmark and NASCAR's Danica Patrick (US$13 million) rounded out the top five.
Current world number one tennis player Victoria Azarenka (US$9.7 million) of Belarus, Ana Ivanovic (US$7.2 million) of Serbia and Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska (US$6.9 million) were the other tennis players among the top 10.
Women's Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea was seventh with US$9 million in earnings while Taiwanese world number one golfer Yani Tseng was 10th with US$6.1 million.
Top five women earners:
1. Maria Sharapova, tennis, US$27.1 million
2. Li Na, tennis, US$18.4 million
3. Serena Williams, tennis, 16.3 million
4. Caroline Wozniacki, tennis, US$13.7 million
5. Danica Patrick, motor racing, US$13 million