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.