Top 10 Highest Paid Female Worlds Athletes

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Top 10 Highest Paid Female Worlds Athletes

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1. Maria Sharapova (Tennis - Rusia).

Sharapova making $5.1 million in prize money between July 2011 and July 2012, and another $22 million from sponsors, exhibitions and appearance fees. Her endorsement partners include: Evian, Head, Samsung and Tag Heuer, but her biggest paycheck comes courtesy of Nike. She re-signed with the apparel giant in 2010 in an eight-year deal that could top $70 million including royalties. Sales for her Maria Sharapova Collection, which include shoes and accessories for Nike subsidiary Cole Haan, doubled in 2011. Her ballet flat is the best selling female shoe for Cole Haan.

2. Li Na (Tennis - China).

Li Na  earning  $18.4 million between July 2011 and July 2012. Li lost in the first round of the Olympic singles tournament, but is still alive for a doubles medal. Li made two Grand Slam finals in 2011, including a French Open title, which was the first Grand Slam singles crown by an Asian-born tennis player. The win was witnessed by 116 million Chinese TV viewers and catapulted Li’s global sponsorship profile. She signed seven three-year, multimillion dollar endorsement deals with Mercedes-Benz, Samsung Electronics and several Chinese firms. Her status is evident in her Nike deal, as she is the only one of its tennis players allowed to wear non-Nike logos on her tennis apparel.

3. Serena William (Tennis - USA).

Serena Made $16.3 million, including $5.3 million in prize money. She is gunning for her third Olympic gold to add to the two gold medals in doubles she earned with her sister Venus. Serena Williams has won $38 million in career prize money, which is tops among women and fourth among all tennis players, including men.

4. Caroline Wozniacki (Tennis - Denmark).

Wozniacki earned $13.7 million since July 2011 from prize money, endorsements and appearances. Wozniacki is a staple in the press thanks to her relationship with golfer Rory McIlroy. Her sponsors include: Adidas, Yonex, Proactiv, Rolex and Sony Ericsson. Wozniacki is releasing her own line of underwear in September. The announcement in June caused a buzz on the internet when photos appeared of Wozniacki posing in the new collection.

5. Danica Patrick (Racing - USA).

Making of $13 million during the past year. Patrick is racing full-time in Nascar in 2012 for the first time, which boosted her income, after splitting her time between Nascar and IndyCar the previous two years. She currently sits tenth in the Nationwide driver standings, but her best finish is 30th in three Sprint Cup races. Yet, sponsors continue to gravitate to Patrick, who was Yahoo’s most searched-for athlete, male or female, in 2011. She inked personal endorsement deals for Coke Zero and Sega in recent months.

6. Victoria Azarenka (Tennis - Belarus).

22-year-old from Belarus is currently the No.1 ranked player in the world. She earned $6.7 million in prize money over the past 12-months, which was tops on the WTA Tour. Azarenka's new deal with Nike kicked off this year with a huge pay increase with total earning $9.7 million.

7. Kim Yuna ( Ice Skating - South Korea).

Kim made $9 million. The 2010 Olympic champion sat out the 2011-12 skate season, but plans to return for the 2012-13 season with the goal of skating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Kim is the headliner in the All That Skate figure skating show. The South Korean played a key role in attracting the 2018 Winter Olympics to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

8. Ana Ivanovic (Tennis - Serbia & Montenegro).

The former world No. 1 has bounced back after seeing her rank slip to No. 64 in 2010. She has won three tournaments over the past two years and is now ranked No. 12. Her Adidas shoe and apparel deal is one of the richest in women’s tennis with earning $7.2 million.

9. Agnieszka Radwanska (Tennis - Poland).

At Wimbledon this year, Radwanska became the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open Era. Agnieszka is currently ranked No. 2 in the world and banked $4.9 million in prize money during the past 12-months. Her sister, Urszula, is a tennis pro as well, and is ranked No. 44 in the world. Agnieszka's major sponsors include: Lotto, Babolat and Lexus and she made $ 6.9 million.

10. Yani Tseng (Golf - Taiwan).

Total earnings she made $6.1 million. Tseng has been the most dominant golfer, male or female, during the past two-and-a-half years with 20 victories, including five Majors. The Taiwanese star is on the verge of qualifying for the World Golf Hall of Fame, despite being only 23-years-old.

Source. Forbes

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