Highest Paid Women Athletes in 2017

Here are the top paid women athletes from around the world for 2016-17 according to the figures from Forbes Magazine. After losing her top ranking last year, Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova has dropped off this top earners list, the first time since 2004. Serena Williams is the highest paid female athlete for the second year running, earning twice as much as the next placed athlete, despite having an extended break this year due to having a baby.

William's earnings of 27 million dollars US between July 2016 and July 2017 is still well behind the highest paid male athlete for the same time period, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who had combined earnings of 93 million dollars (see highest paid athletes for 2017). Serena Williams was the only female to make the top 100 list of all athletes, coming in at 51.

Tennis is certainly the sport to play if you are female, with tennis players taking up eight positions in the top 10. The highest earning female golfer was Lydia Ko, earning $5.9 million. In soccer, the highest earner was Alex Morgan earning only $3.5 million, dwarfed by the earnings of Ronaldo.

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Name Country Sport earnings
(US$ million)
previous year rank
1 Serena Williams USA Tennis 27 1
2 Angelique Kerber Germany Tennis 12.6 >10
3 Danica Patrick USA Auto Racing 12.2 4
4 Ronda Rousey USA MMA 11 3
5 Venus Williams USA Tennis 10.5 >10
6 Garbine Muguruza Spain Tennis 7.7 7
7 Caroline Wozniacki Denmark Tennis 7.5 6
8 Agnieszka Radwanska Poland Tennis 7.3 5
9 Eugenie Bouchard Canada Tennis 7.1 10
10 Simona Halep Romania Tennis 6.2 >10

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