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The 10 highest-paid female athletes!

March 09, 2014 11:41 IST

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Sportswomen are on the rise, and these days earn almost equal prize-money as their male counterparts.

The most popular of them also are into modelling and marketing, which helps expand their earnings.

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

Take a look at top 10.

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Image: Maria Sharapova
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Maria Sharapova

Earnings: $27.1 million

Maria Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam with her French Open title and currently finds herself at No 5 in the WTA rankings.

Above all, she is ridiculously beautiful and that’s why has earned millions through endorsements.

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Li Na

Earnings: $18.4 million

Li Na has managed to bag Serena Williams’s second spot in the list. The Australian Open crown earlier their year cemented her position.

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Image: Li Na of China.
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Serena Williams

Earnings: $16.3 million

Williams remains the world's most dominant player and though she finds herself at No 3 but she still rules the WTA charts.

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Caroline Wozniacki

Earnings: $13.7 million

She was supposed to be the next big thing in tennis. She was top ranked but never won a Grand Slam.

Wozniacki has slipped from the top 10 tennis stars (currently she is at No 12).

Nevertheless, there’s no doubt that her endorsement earnings are not commensurate with her success on the court. 

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Danica Patrick

Earnings: $13 million

The former IndyCar driver is currently racing full-time in Nascar which has boosted her income.

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Victoria Azarenka

Earnings: $9.7 million

Belarussian Victoria Azarenka is currently the No 4 ranked player in the world.

The 22-year-old earned $6.7 million in prize money over the past 12-months.

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Kim Yuna

Earnings: $9 million

The 2010 Olympic champion had to return from Sochi with silver medal but still finds her name on the highest-paid female athletes' list.

The South Korean played a key role in attracting the 2018 Winter Olympics to Pyeongchang,

South Korea.

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Image: Yuna Kim of South Korea competes in the Figure Skating Ladies' Free Skating.
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Ana Ivanovic

Earnings: $7.2 million

The former World No 1’s Adidas deal makes her one of the richest in women’s tennis.

The Serbian beauty is currently ranked at No 13.

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Agnieszka Radwanska

Earnings: $6.9 million

Radwanska is currently ranked No 3 and during the Wimbledon, she became the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open Era.

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Yani Tseng

Earnings: $6.1 million

The Taiwanese star is the most dominant golfer, male or female, during the past two-and-a-half years.

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