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Sharapova leads Forbes earning list for 9th-straight year

by R-Sport at 06/08/2013 11:10

Maria Sharapova has topped the Forbes list of best-paid female athletes for the ninth-straight year, raking in $29 million over the last 12 months.

The Russian tennis star earned $23 million from endorsements and $6 million in prize money from June 2012 through June 2013, the magazine announced Tuesday.

The past 12 months have been the 26-year-old's most successful in six years as she completed the career Grand Slam with the 2012 French Open title and reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open and the 2013 Australian Open.

They have also witnessed the launch of her Sugarpova candy brand, an endeavor the 6-foot-2 star can add to continuing endorsements with Nike, Head, Samsung, Tag Heuer, Evian, and a new deal struck up with Porsche.

Sharapova has headed the list since 2004, when she burst onto the global scene as a fresh-faced 17-year-old to win Wimbledon at her second attempt.

Tennis players dominate the Forbes list, with world No. 1 Serena Williams in second place with $20.5 million in total earnings, Chinese star Li Na in third with $18.2 million and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus fourth with $15.7 million.

Nascar racer Danica Patrick is the first competitor from outside the world of tennis to appear, earning $15 million for fifth place, while South Korean figure skater Kim Yuna is sixth with $14 million.

The others in the top ten are tennis trio Caroline Wozniacki ($13.6 million), Agnieszka Radwanska ($7.4 million), and Ana Ivanovic ($7 million); with golfer Paula Creamer in tenth spot having earned $5.5 million.

 

 

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