Maria Sharapova Named 2015’s Highest-Paid Female Athelte

By Staff  |  08/21/2015

Maria Sharapova

While females may not be the marquee gender in sports like basketball or football, the biggest female athletes in the world pull in big bucks.

According to Forbes' 2015 World's Highest-Paid Female Athletes list, the top 10 female athletes banked $124 million in salary, prize money, appearances and endorsements ... and tennis players dominanted most of the list.

At the very top was Maria Sharapova, with earnings of $29.7 million last year, consisting of $6.7 million in winnings and another $23 million in endorsements. She earned paydays from sponsors like Nike and Head, as well as endorsement partners Avon Products, Porsche, Tag Heuer and Evian.

In at #2 is Serena Williams with earnings of $24.6 million, nearly split -- $11.6 million from winnings and $13 million from endorsements.

Closing out the top 3 is tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, bringing in $14.6 million, with $11 million from endorsements from brands like Godiva.

See the full top 10 below, via Forbes.com.

1. Maria Sharapova - $29.7 million.
2. Serena Williams - $24.6 million.
3. Caroline Wozniacki - $14.6 million.
4. Danika Patrick - $13.9 million.
5. Ana Ivanovic - $8.3 million.
6. Petra Kvitova - $7.7 million.
7. Simona Halep - $6.8 million.
8. Ronda Rousey - $6.5 million.
9. Stacy Lewis - $6.4 million.
10. Agnieszka Radwanska - $6 million.