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Maria Sharapova leads tennis women's dominance of Highest Paid Female Athletes

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Maria Sharapova has become a fixture on the Forbes list of the Highest Paid Female Athletes. And not only has Sharapova topped the list for ten straight years, she also is part of the tennis women who occupy most of the top ten positions.

Sharapova banked $24.4 million which included $2.4 from tennis prize money and $20 million in product endorsements. These numbers cover from June 2013 to June 2014.

Even though the No.1 player Serena Williams has dominated Sharapova with 16-2 head to head record, Williams ended up No. 3 on the Forbes list with $22 million. In reflection of that court dominance, Williams earned $11 million from winnings, almost 5 to 1 over Sharapova's prize money.

China's Li Na managed to sneak in to the No. 2 position between Sharapova and Williams by pulling in $23.6 million with $5.6 from tennis paydays.

The No. 4 spot went to Korea's Olympic skater Kim Yuna who earned $16.3 million and No. 5 went Nascar driver Danica Patrick with $15 million. They broke up the stranglehold on the Forbes list as tennis players nailed down the next four slots.

No. 5 Victoria Azarenka earned $11.1 million, No.6 Caroline Wozniacki $10.6 million, No.7 Agnieszka Radwanska $6.8 million and No. 8 Ana Ivanovic with $6.4 million.

Prize money, salary, licensing, appearances and endorsements are included in the earnings figures.

See slideshow for the female tennis players who topped the Forbes list of Highest Paid Female Athletes.

#2 Li Na  Total earnings: $23.6 million
#2 Li Na Total earnings: $23.6 million Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for WTA

#2 Li Na Total earnings: $23.6 million

Li Na won the Australian Open in January for her second career Grand Slam title. That garnered a large  bonus from sponsor Nike as well as her other endorsement partners. Li became a endorsement favorite in 2011 when she won the French Open to become the first Asian-born tennis player ever to win a Grand Slam singles event.

#3 Serena Williams  Total earnings: $22 million
#3 Serena Williams Total earnings: $22 million Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

#3 Serena Williams Total earnings: $22 million

Serena's $56 million in career prize money is almost double No 2. on the list, Maria Sharapova. Williams maintains deals with Nike, Wilson, Gatorade and OPI. She is a small part owner in Sleep Sheets and the Miami Dolphins.

#6 Victoria Azarenka  Total earnings: $11.1 million
#6 Victoria Azarenka Total earnings: $11.1 million Al Bello/Getty Images

#6 Victoria Azarenka Total earnings: $11.1 million

Azarenka finished 2013 ranked No. 2 in the world, attracting big bonuses from sponsor Nike. In March she signed a two-year deal with Esurance adding to Wilson, Red Bull and watchmaker Citizen in her endorsement portfolio.

#7 Caroline Wozniacki  Total earnings: $10.8 million
#7 Caroline Wozniacki Total earnings: $10.8 million Andy Lyons/Getty Images

#7 Caroline Wozniacki Total earnings: $10.8 million

Wozniacki and World #1 golfer, Rory McIlroy went their separate ways in May, but the Danish champion regrouped to win her first tournament in nine months in July. Wozniacki signed a new Adidas deal last year that is one of the richest in the sport.

#8 Agnieszka Radwanska  Total earnings: $6.8 million
#8 Agnieszka Radwanska Total earnings: $6.8 million Andy Lyons/Getty Images

#8 Agnieszka Radwanska Total earnings: $6.8 million

Radwanska became the Cheesecake Factory's first sports endorser. She is a regular at the chain when she is in the U.S. and frequently talked about her love of the restaurant before making the deal.

#9 Ana Ivanovic  Total earnings: $6.4 million
#9 Ana Ivanovic Total earnings: $6.4 million Andy Lyons/Getty Images

#9 Ana Ivanovic Total earnings: $6.4 million

Ivanovic returned to the top 10 in August after five years.She has three tournament wins in 2014 after no trophies the previous two years. Ivanovic with her 2008 French Open title and good looks signed a lucrative "lifetime" endorsement deal with Adidas, which she signed in 2010.

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