10 World’s Highest Paid Female Athletes 2016

10 World's Highest Paid Female Athletes 2016
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The world of sports is greatly flooded by the male gender, so much so that at the mention of the word “athlete”, one’s mind automatically pictures a man. On the other hand their female and less-recognized counterparts are equally breaking and setting records, most especially in the sports of tennis. Forbes list of the Highest Paid Female Athletes 2016 shows how much the top women in the world of sports took home from their endeavors on the courts as well as endorsements from June 1 2015 to June 1 2016. Like the male list, there was an overthrowing. Tennis icon Serena Williams snapped the top spot from Maria Sharapova who topped the table consecutively for over a decade. Here’s a look at the top 10 list beginning from the least earner.

10. Eugenie Bouchard

Prize Money: $700,000

Endorsements: $5.5 million

Total Earnings: $6.2 million

Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie in Wimbledon 2014 became the first Canadian to reach the finals of a Grand Slam in singles. Named WTA Newcomer of the Year in 2013, she received WTA Most Improved Player award in 2014. Her career was blossoming until injuries began to mar her performances. However, her rapid success attracted top brands to seek endorsement deals. Among the new ones are Rolex, Nike and Usana.

9. Victoria Azarenka

Prize Money: $3.6 million

Endorsements: $3 million

Total Earnings: $6.6 million

10 World's Highest Paid Female Athletes 2016

Azarenka is the only Belarusian player of either gender to win a Grand Slam singles title. The former World number 1 saw her 2014 season truncated by an injury which plunged her ranking to No. 50. But Victoria has made the comeback to win three events in 2016. Her rank as of April 2016 is No 5. She endorses Citizen, Nike, Esurance and Wilson.

8. Ana Ivanovic

Prize Money: $1.9 million

Endorsements: $5.5 million

Total Earnings: $7.4 million

Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic has been struggling with form lately. She made it to the semis of a major for the first time in 7 years at the 2015 French Open. In addition to her lifetime contract with Adidas, she also endorses Dubai Duty Free, and Sheseido.

7. Garbine Muguruza

Prize Money: $4.6 million

Endorsements: $3 million

Total Earnings: $7.6 million

Garbine Muguruza

Muguruza won her first Grand Slam title by defeating World No. 1 Serena Williams at the 2016 French Open. The win came with a $2.3 million prize money and bonuses from sponsors. However, Forbes didn’t include these in their calculations as it was outside the June 1 cutoff. Contributing to her calculated earnings was her prize money from coming second place in WTA 2015.

6. Caroline Wozniacki

Prize Money: $1 million

Endorsements: $7 million

Total Earnings: $8 million

Caroline Wozniacki

Wozniacki has been struggling with form beginning from the 2015 season. Notwithstanding, she plans to represent Denmark in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Chief among her endorsement partners is Adidas.

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