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Highest Paid Women Athletes in 2012

Here are the top 10 paid women athletes from around the world for 2011-12 according to the figures from Forbes Magazine. Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova leads this list again, as she has since 2005.

Tennis players make up the first four positions, and 7 spots in the top 10. Tennis is certainly the sport to play if you are female. There were just two women in the list of “The World's 100 Highest-Paid Athletes”, released by Forbes Magazine's in June 2012, and both were tennis players, Maria Sharapova and Li Na.

Sharapova's earnings of 27.1 million dollars between July 2011 and July 2012 ($5.1 million in prize money and another $22 million from sponsors, exhibitions and appearance fees), is still well behind the highest paid male athlete for the same time period boxer Floyd Mayweather who had combined earnings of 85 million dollars (see highest paid men for 2012). See more lists of the World's Highest Paid Women Athletes.

  Name Country Sport earnings
(US$ million)
previous year
1. Maria Sharapova Russia Tennis 27.1 1
2 Li Na China Tennis 18.4 8
3 Serena Williams USA Tennis 16.3 6
4 Caroline Wozniacki Denmark Tennis 13.7 2
5 Danica Patrick USA Racing 13.0 3
6 Victoria Azarenka Belarus Tennis 9.7 -
7 Kim Yu-na South Korea Figure Skating 9.0 7
8 Ana Ivanovic Serbia Tennis 7.2 9
9 Agnieszka Radwanska Poland Tennis 6.9 -
10 Yani Tseng Taiwan Golf 6.1 -



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