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)
Serena Williams (tennis)
Caroline Wozniacki (tennis)
Danica Patrick (motor racing)
Ana Ivanovic (tennis)
Petra Kvitova (tennis)
Simona Halep (tennis)
Ronda Rousey (MMA)
Stacy Lewis (golf)
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.