Highest Paid Women Athletes in 2009

Here are some of the top paid women athletes for 2009, taken from Forbes Magazine's annual Celebrity 100 list. Forbes also publish a list of the 2009 Best Paid Athletes which is comprised mostly of male athletes.

The highest paid sportswoman for this year was tennis player Maria Sharapova with earnings of 22 million dollars, well less than the highest paid male athlete for the same time period Tiger Woods who had combined earnings of 110 million. This is not an official list of top paid sportswomen - there may be other women who make as much as these but did not have the popularity to make the Celebrity list. The top three paid sportsmomen were the same as last year. See more lists of the World's Highest Paid Women Athletes.

Name Country Sport earnings (US$ million) previous year
1. Maria Sharapova Russia Tennis 22 1
2. Serena Williams USA Tennis 17 2
3. Venus Williams USA Tennis 15 3
4. Ana Ivanovic Serbia Tennis 10 9
5. Danica Patrick USA Auto Racing 7 8

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