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Sharapova is the highest-paid female athlete... yet again!

June 11, 2015 12:20 IST

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova. Photograph: Courtesy: Esquire Magazine

Tennis sensation Maria Sharapova yet again rules the Forbes’ list of highest-paid female athletes.

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The 28-year-old has hung on to her Forbes accolade for another year.

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova. Photograph: Instagram

Only two women made the 2015 Forbes list after the retirement of Chinese tennis player Li Na last year. Russian professional tennis player Maria Sharapova is the top-ranked women at number 26 with earnings of $ 29.7 million.

In 2014 she had $27.1 million earnings and topped the women’s list.

Sharapova bounced back from an injury riddled 2013 to win the 2014 French Open, triggering lucrative bonuses from sponsors like Nike and Head, Forbes said.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams of the United States poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen trophy. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

American tennis player Serena Williams earned $ 24.6 million and ranks number 47 on the list. The world's top-ranked tennis player captured her 20th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open. Her $ 72 million in career prize money is double that of Sharapova, her closest competitor. 

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