Top-earning female athletes over the last 12 months including Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams and so on. This list is released based on some factors such as salaries, prize money, endorsements, appearance fees and exhibitions. More interestingly, tennis players dominate the list with seven of ten. The total ten highest paid women made $113 million from July 2010 to July 2011, up 1% from last year. Let’s see more details.
Maria Sharapova who lands No. 1 in the list has earned a total of $25 million from July 2010 to July 2011, doubles the amount of any other female athlete in the world. After years of struggling with injuries and inconsistent play on the tennis court, the 25 year-old female athlete came back on the court in 2011 and reached the Wimbledon finals in July.
Sharapova is the world’s highest-paid female athlete for the seventh straight year and this year is not exceptional
Landing No. 2 is the world’s No. 1 ranked tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki at $12.5 million. The 21-year-old tennis player has signed some contracts with Yonex, Compeed, Oriflame, and Adidas in 2011 thanks to her No. 1 ranking
Danica Patrick ranked No. 3 at $12 million. Her fourth place finish in the Sam's Town 300 last March was considered the highest finish ever by a woman in a Nascar race
The fourth highest-earned female athlete over the past year is Venus Williams at $11.5 million. In spite of being the oldest woman on the list, Venus, 31, still gains so much from some deals with Wilson, Electronic Arts, Kraft, Ralph Lauren and Tide
28-year-old Kim Clijsters earned $11 million during the 12-month period. Her $6.5 million in prize money is the most on the WTA Tour
$10.5 million is all Serena Williams earned from July 2010 to July 2011. After foot surgery and a blood clot in her lungs, the 29-year-old star is still put on No.5 and her $33 million in career prize money is more than any other female athlete
Kim Yu-na, 20, South Korea's most popular athlete is on the top earning at $10 million
No. 8 is Li Na, the first Chinese player to win a singles Grand Slam event at the 2011 French Open with a total of $8 million
Ana Ivanovic is ranked No. 17 in the world and No.9 in this list at $6 million
Paula Creamer is the lone golfer among the highest-paid women at $5.5 million
Top-Earning Female Athletes 2011: Maria Sharapova