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Maria Sharapova tops Forbes' list of highest-paid female athletes

August 06, 2013 14:18 IST

Maria Sharapova tops Forbes' list of highest-paid female athletes

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Tennis sensation, Maria Sharapova stands tall. Not just in stature but also in the Forbes’ list of highest-paid female athletes.

The magazine said that the Russian beauty’s earnings power skyrocketed in 2004 when she won Wimbledon.

The influential business magazine states that the 6-foot-2-inch blond has multimillion dollar endorsement deals.

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Image: Maria Sharapova
Photographs: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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Maria Sharapova

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Sport: Tennis

Total earnings: $29 million

Prize money: $6 million

Endorsements: $23 million


Image: Maria Sharapova
Photographs: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for ESPY

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Serena Williams

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Sport: Tennis

Total earnings: $20.5 million

Prize money: $8.5 million

Endorsements: $12 million


Image: Serena Williams
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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Li Na

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Sport: Tennis

Total earnings: $18.2 million

Prize money: $3.2 million

Endorsements: $15 million


Image: Li Na
Photographs: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images
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Victoria Azarenka

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Sport: Tennis

Total earnings: $15.7 million

Prize money: $6.7 million

Endorsements: $9 million


Image: Victoria Azarenka
Photographs: Toby Melville/Reuters

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Danica Patrick

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Sport: Auto race driver

Total earnings: $15 million

Salary/Winnings: $6 million

Endorsements: $9 million


Image: Danica Patrick
Photographs: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

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Kim Yuna

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Sport: Figure skater

Total earnings: $14 million


Image: Kim Yuna
Photographs: Fred Thornhill/Reuters

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Caroline Wozniacki

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Sport: Tennis

Total earnings: $13.6 million

Prize money: $2.6 million

Endorsements: $11 million


Image: Caroline Wozniacki
Photographs: Danny Moloshok/Reuters

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Agnieszka Radwanska

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Sport: Tennis

Total earnings: $7.4 million

Prize money: $4.9 million

Endorsements: $2.5 million


Image: Agnieszka Radwanska
Photographs: Getty Images

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Ana Ivanovic

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Sport: Tennis

Total earnings: $7 million

Prize money: $1 million

Endorsements: $6 million


Image: Ana Ivanovic
Photographs: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
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Paula Creamer

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Sport: Professional golfer 

Total earnings: $5.5 million

Prize money: $1 million

Endorsements: $4.5 million


Image: Paula Creamer
Photographs: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

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