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PHOTOS: The world's top 10 earning female in sports

Last updated on: August 4, 2011 10:41 IST

Sharapova is world's top earning female

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Maria Sharapova may not have won a Grand Slam title since 2008, but the Russian tennis player remains unchallenged as the world's highest paid woman in professional sports.

For the seventh straight year, Sharapova topped the annual list provided by Forbes magazine, despite failing to add to her three Grand Slam titles, although she did make the Wimbledon final in July.

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Sharapova's earnings, mostly off-court endorsements, were estimated at $25 million, twice as much as her nearest rival, Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, the current women's world number one.

American racing driver Danica Patrick was third with $12 million followed by tennis players Venus Williams, Belgium's Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams.

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Seven of the top nine female earners were tennis players, including China's Li Na, who made $8 million last year but was expected to soar up the rankings and challenge Sharapova for the top spot after her breakthrough win at the French Open.

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Maria Sharapova

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Earning: $25 million

Country: Russia

Sport: Tennis

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Caroline Wozniacki

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Earning: $12.5 million

Country: Denmark

Sport: Tennis

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Image: Caroline Wozniacki

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Danica Patrick

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Earning: $12 million

Country: USA

Sports: Motor racing

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Image: Danica Patrick

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Venus Williams

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Earning: $11.5 million

Country: USA

Sport: Tennis

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Image: Venus Williams

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Kim Clijsters

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Earning: $11 million

Country: Belgium

Sport: Tennis

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Serena Williams

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Earning: $10.5 million

Country: USA

Sport: Tennis

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Kim Yuna

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Earning: $10 million

Country: South Korea

Sport: Figure skating

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Image: Kim Yuna

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Li Na

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Earning: $8 million

Country: China

Sport: Tennis

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Ana Ivanovic

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Earning: $6 million

Country: Serbia

Sport: Tennis

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Paula Creamer

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Earning: $5.5 million

Country: USA

Sport: Golf

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