Russia's Maria Sharapova tops Forbes rich list of female athletes
PARIS, France (AFP) - Tennis stars dominated the list of the world's 10 best-paid female athletes, Forbes magazine said on Tuesday, but highlighted the yawning earnings gap with their male counterparts in most sports.
Russia's Maria Sharapova headed the list, published on Forbes.com, earning a total of US$29 million (S$37 million) between June 2012 and June this year.
Tennis took the top four positions, with world number one Serena Williams of the United States (US) second (US$20.5 million), China's Li Na third (US$18.2 million) and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus fourth (US$15.7 million).
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark was in seventh (US$13.6 million), followed by Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland (US$7.4 million) and Serbia's Ana Ivanovic (US$7 million).