Serena still world's highest-paid female athlete, according to Forbes

by: Kamakshi Tandon | August 22, 2018

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Serena Williams is still the world's top-paid female athlete, according to Forbes, with tennis players accounting for eight of the Top 10 in its annual ranking of sportswomen's incomes.

Williams got $18.1 million despite her limited prize money of $62,000 during the span measured, when she was largely off the tour because of pregnancy. But her sponsorships brought her more than double any other female athlete, and more than all but 16 male athletes.

Caroline Wozniacki was second, having earned $7 million in prize money and another $6 million in sponsorships. From third to fifth were Sloane Stephens with a total of $11.2 million, Garbine Muguruza with $11 million and Maria Sharapova with $10.5 million. While Sharapova is still second highest in sponsorships, her income has dropped by half from when she was the world's top-paid female athlete.

Next was Venus Williams with $10.2 million, while Simona Halep was eighth with $7.7 million. At No. 10 was Angelique Kerber with $7 million in earnings before her recent win at Wimbledon.

The total for the Top 10 was $105 million, having dropped 28 percent within recent years.

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