Sharapova is women's top earner for 11th year

Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova at a photo call for French mineral water company Evian in May. She earned almost US$30 million last year from both sporting and commercial interests.
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova at a photo call for French mineral water company Evian in May. She earned almost US$30 million last year from both sporting and commercial interests.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

CARY (North Carolina) • Tennis star Maria Sharapova again tops the list of highest earning female athletes over the past year, according to Forbes.

For the 11th consecutive year, the Russian heads a list dominated by tennis players, who occupy seven of the top 10 spots.

The 28-year-old, who won last year's French Open, collected US$6.7 million (S$9.4 million) in prize money, but her total estimated earnings were US$29.7 million. The Forbes list also includes earnings from appearances, licensing and endorsements, personal business interests and, in some cases, salary.

Tennis world No. 1 Serena Williams is second at US$24.6 million, while motor-racing driver Danica Patrick is the top non-tennis player, in fourth place with US$13.9 million.

  • FORBES RICH LIST 2015: TOP 10 WOMEN ATHLETES

  • US$29.7 million (S$41.7 million)
    Maria Sharapova (tennis)


    US$24.6 million
    Serena Williams (tennis)


    US$14.6 million
    Caroline Wozniacki (tennis)


    US$13.9 million
    Danica Patrick (motor racing)


    US$8.3 million
    Ana Ivanovic (tennis)


    US$7.7 million
    Petra Kvitova (tennis)


    US$6.8 million
    Simona Halep (tennis)


    US$6.5 million
    Ronda Rousey (MMA)


    US$6.4 million
    Stacy Lewis (golf)


    US$6 million
    Agnieszka Radwanska (tennis)

The only other non-tennis players in the top 10 are No. 8 Ronda Rousey (mixed martial arts) and No. 9 Stacy Lewis (golf).

Tennis is one of the few big-money sports where the earnings of women are somewhat comparable to men, though Sharapova's income nonetheless was significantly less than the US$67 million earned by Roger Federer, the top tennis player on the latest Forbes men's list.

Boxers Floyd Mayweather (US$300 million) and Manny Pacquiao (US$160 million) head the latest men's list, followed by Real Madrid football star Cristiano Ronaldo (US$79.6 million).

The female earnings were calculated from June 1 of last year until the same date this year.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2015, with the headline 'Sharapova is women's top earner for 11th year'. Print Edition | Subscribe