Wednesday 22 November 2017

The 10 biggest earning women athletes - including Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova was easily the highest earning female athlete in 2016
Maria Sharapova was easily the highest earning female athlete in 2016

Who were the biggest earning women athletes in 2015, according to the Forbes rich list? Here's the top 10

10. Agnieszka Radwanksa - £4.2m

Won the WTA Tour finals after bouncing back into the world's top five and reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon.

Agnieszka Radwanska in action today

9. Stacy Lewis - £4.5m

The American golfer failed to win an LPGA event in 2015 but still represents one of the biggest earners in women's sport.


8. Ronda Rousey - £4.5m

The UFC champion made it six wins out of six and dabbled in WWE wrestling before she was surprisingly defeated by Holly Holm last November. Still the biggest earning women's fighter in UFC.

Ronda Rousey covers Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016

7. Simona Halep - £4.8m

The Romanian tennis player eached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and semi-finals of the US Open.

Simona Halep plays a forehand return during her Ladies' Singles quarter-final match against Sabine Lisicki

6. Petra Kvitova - £5.4m

Not as successful in 2015 as she had been the previous year, although she was runner-up in the WTA Tour Finals.

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova was injured during a burglary

5. Ana Ivanovic - £5.8m

Made a return to form, of sorts, by reaching the semi-finals of the French Open. Still earns far more from commercial activities than prize money.

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia hits a ball during her match against Yi-Fan Xu of China at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Browne

4. Danica Patrick - £9.8m

Still a flagbearer for women in motorsport, even if she did not hit the heights of previous years in 2015.


3. Caroline Wozniacki - £10.3m

A sort of Ivanovic-lite, in that the days when she was immovable at the top of the world rankings and clocked up multiple tour wins appear behind her. Failed to make it past the fourth round of a grand slam but still racks up endorsements.

Caroline Wozniacki arrives at the BODY at ESPYS Pre-Party held at Milk Studios on July 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

2. Serena Williams - £17.3m

Maintained her vice-like grip on women's tennis in 2015, winning three of the four slams and losing the other - the US Open - at the semi-final stage. Shows little sign of slowing down, although she did lose the final of the Australian Open in surprising fashion to Angelique Kerber.

Serena Williams

1. Maria Sharapova - £21m

The Queen of all things commercial in women's sport, at least until her doping revelation in Los Angeles on Monday night. Sharapova reached one slam final (in Australia) and the semis of another (Wimbledon) in 2015 but still raced clear of her rivals when it comes to earning power. Endorses everything from sportswear to sugary sweets, and has a bank balance to prove it, but this scandal will test that commercial strength to the limit. One of her sponsors, Nike, have already suspended their relationship with her while the investigation into her conduct is ongoing.

Maria Sharapova celebrates against Coco Vandeweghe on day Eight of the Wimbledon Championship

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