Every few weeks Maria Sharapova is included in some top-earners list, and the latest one is Forbes magazine’s annual "20 Under 25" list, which ranks the Top-Earning Young Superstars. The Russian money-making machine came in at a respectable third place after bringing in $23 million from June 2006 – 07.
Here's what Forbes had to say about the 20-year-old tennis star:
"Tennis' 'It' girl struggled with injuries in 2007, winning only one tournament and banking $1.7 million on the court. That's down from five tourney wins and $3.8 million in prize money the previous year. Not to worry, Sharapova's endorsement portfolio is one of the strongest in sports. This year she added Pepsi as a sponsor to an already impressive roster that includes Nike, Canon, Colgate-Palmolive and Motorola."
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Additional info: Yahoo have announced their Top Trends in Search and Maria takes the second spot in the most searched sports terms of the year. (via Down the Line, photo via Siberian Siren)