Serena Williams tops Forbes female athletes rich list as tennis stars dominate
Serena Williams didn’t play much tennis in the past year, but she still managed to comfortably top Forbes’ highest-paid female athletes list for 2018.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner spent most of the 2017 season and the early parts of the 2018 campaign away from the tennis courts after she gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr in September last year.
Yet she still earned $18 million between June 2017 and June 2018.
According to Forbes, she made only $62,000 in prize money with the rest of her fortune coming from sponsorship deals with the likes of Nike, Intel, Audemars Piguet and JPMorgan Chase.
“Only 16 athletes on the planet made more than Williams over the past 12 months from endorsements, and she made twice as much off the court as any other female athlete,” the report added.
Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki is second on the list with $13 million ($7m from prize money and $6m from endorsements) followed by reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens on $11.2 million ($5.7m prize money, $5.5m endorsements).
Fellow tennis stars Garbine Muguruza from Spain ($11 million) and five-time major champion Maria Sharapova from Russia ($10.5 million) round out the top five.
In fact, eight of the top 10 play tennis as Venus Williams ($10.2m) is sixth, Simona Halep ($7.7m) sits eighth and Angelique Kerber ($7m) completes the list.
Indian badminton star PV Sindhu and American race car driver Danica Patrick are the two non-tennis players in the top 10.
Women, though, were conspicuous by their absence in the overall Forbes list for the highest-paid athletes that was released in June as not a single female was in the top 100.
Serena Williams was 51st in the previous year, but she dropped out on the back of her maternity leave.
Roger Federer enjoying retirement as he takes trip to Rolex HQ and catches NBA game in New York
What’s Roger Federer up to these days?
Legendary coach Nick Bollettieri passes away: ‘You were a dreamer and a doer, and a pioneer in our sport’
The great Nick Bollettieri is with us no more.
Jamie Murray excited about Jack Draper’s rise: ‘It’ll be great to watch him next year’
Jack Draper set for big things, says Jamie Murray.
What to expect from the 2023 Australian Open season
Australia is the battle ground for the first Grand Slam of the year.
Stefanos Tsitsipas confident he will eventually get to No 1 in the world: ‘I’m here for the marathon’
Stefanos Tsitsipas has not given up on the world No 1 ranking.
Why the biggest winners of 2022 are not Alcaraz, Swiatek, Nadal or Djokovic
Doubles pair Henry Patten and Julian Cash have claimed ten titles on the ATP Challenger Tour.
Rafael Nadal may have dropped a big hint that his retirement is imminent
Nadal has stated that he does not expect to play any more professional tennis events in Mexico, as he looks to trim down his schedule.
Stefanos Tsitsipas regrets trying to fire up Andrey Rublev
Stefanos Tsitsipas has conceded that his comments were out of line.