Monday, July 4, 2022

Serena Williams Second Highest-Paid Female Athlete Behind Sharapova

Serena Williams of United States celebrates a point in the Final of the Ladies Singles against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during the day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England
Serena Williams of United States celebrates a point in the Final of the Ladies Singles against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during the day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England

*Maria Sharapova may not be able to top Serena Williams on the tennis court, but when it comes to paychecks, the youngest Williams sister comes up a few million short of her rival.

According to Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes.com, the five-time Grand Slam winner from Russia is the world’s highest-paid female athlete for the 11th consecutive year, with Serena checking in at No. 2.

Sharapova and Williams are way above the rest of the field, with estimated earnings of $29.7 million and $24.6 million, respectively, from June 2014 through June 2015 via prize money and endorsements. Tennis dominates the list with seven women in the top 10.

NASCAR’s Danica Patrick is the first non-tennis player on the list at No. 4, while UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey comes in at No. 8, with total earnings of $6.5 million.

Despite Rousey’s popularity and drawing power, Valentina Zarya of Fortune.com found that she makes less than her top male counterparts.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. So….being “The Best” just doesn’t seem to translate OR qualify “Us” to receive top honors, when “We” ARE….the best? Ok…”got I” this reminds me of…”A.I.” …”Ruben Studdare vs. Clay Aiken” “There” TOO the winner DIDN’T get the prizes that usually go to the “winner”, & instead?….”No.2″ was treated as….”No.1″/the “winner”.

  2. Serena its real money that she worked for.Maria its endorsement.Its like Drake vs Meek Mill.Its should read ‘Highest earning from tennis’ not endorsements

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