Forbes has released its list of top female earners in sports for the June 2012 – June 2013 period and women's tennis players are not only dominating, taking up seven of the top 10 spots, but the top four positions are reigned by our WTA stars.
Maria Sharapova is No.1 earner for the ninth straight year, with $29 million made in the one-year period, $1.688.916 of which came from her 2012 French Open title, while the majority is from her lucrative deals with Nike, Head, Cole Haan, Samsung, Tag Heuer, Evian and Porsche and her first own business, Sugarpova.
Serena Williams has been the player to beat and it's paying off, as she comes in second in the list, with $20.5 million. Prize money takes up $8.5 million of that amount and $12 million comes from sponsors Nike, Wilson, Gatorade and OPI and equity deals with HSN, Sleep Sheets, Mission and the Miami Dolphins. Serena's $47 million in career prize money is the most of any female athlete.
Li Na occupies the third spot with $18.2 million. Her status of a first Asian-born singles Grand Slam champion earned her seven multimillion-dollar endorsement deals, including Samsung and Mercedes-Benz. The Chinese is also promoting Nike, Babolat and Rolex.
Victoria Azarenka comes in fourth, with $15.7 million. The Belarusian made $2,441,936 with her Australian Open trophy in January, while her endorsement partners include Nike, Wilson, American Express, Six Star Pro Nutrition, InstaForex, Citizen Watch and Red Bull.
Caroline Wozniacki is the seventh in the list with $13.6 million. Her sponsors include Turkish Airlines, Oriflame, Adidas, Dubai Duty Free, JBS, etc.
Agnieszka Radwanska is No.8 with $7.4 million and her biggest endorsement is with Lotto.
Ana Ivanovic's days of tennis glory are long gone, but the Serb is still making big money and occupies the ninth spot in the list of top female athlete earners, with $7 million. Rolex, Yonex, Juice PLUS and Dubai Duty Free are all sponsoring Ivanovic, while her lifetime contract with Adidas is one of the richest in the sport. (photos: © Neal Trousdale)