Top 10 Highest Paid Female Athletes in The World

Female participation in sports are very common nowadays and is increasing exponentially day by day. This reflects the changes in our society and emphasized on gender equality. There might be still a level of variance between male and female by country and sport. Recently there has been much-increased crossover to which men and women can take part in.

Well, you will be surprised after looking at the payments of the famous sports figures. Here in the following list, we are presenting a list of 10 most highly paid female athletes in the world of 2017.

List of Top 10 Highest Paid Female Athletes in The World in  2017.

10. Yani Tseng – 6.1 Million

Yani Tseng Highest Paid Female Athletes 2017

Yani is a Taiwan’s professional golfer playing on the LGPA tour. She has recorded to be the youngest player ever in the history, both in males and females and also to win the big championships in the earlier stages itself.

She was number 1 for more than 100 weeks in the Women’s World Golf Rankings. She was an amateur with a top rank in Taiwan from 2004 till 2006. Tseng became professional in 2007 January. Her name was listed in ‘100 Most influential people in the world’ in 2012 by Time magazine.

9. Agnieszka Radwanska – 6.9 Million

Agnieszka Radwanska Highest Paid Female Athletes 2016

Agnieszka is a professional Polish tennis player. She is 27, and achieved enormous success since he bagged 2nd rank in all over the world in 2012.She has been voted as the WTA’S Fan favorite singles player. She has also won the honor for WTA’s most inspiring new comer in 2006.

She has won around 18 singles titles. And because of this she was named as ‘The Professor’ among all the players. Her famous playing strategy involves constructing points and making use of court smartly.For her contribution in sports, she was awarded Gold Cross Merit by Polish president.

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8. Ana Ivanovic – 7.2 Million

Ana Ivanovic Highest Paid Female Athletes 2017

Ana is a professional Serbian tennis player. She has been ranked as 16 in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association. In 2008, she got ranked as number one in the whole world.She has won multiple awards, including Australian Open,WTA Tour Championships and French Open etc.

She started her professional career in 2003 and since then she has won a total of 15 WTA Tour singles titles, including a Grand Slam.She was included in the list of ’30 Legends of Women’s in tennis’ and her name was also included in ‘top 100 greatest players ever (male/female)’.

7. Kim Yuna – 9 Million

Kim Yuna Highest Paid Female Athletes 2017

Kim is a professional South Korean skater. She has won several Olympics medals throughout her career. Kim was the first Korean female skater, to win in the Olympics, diverse finals, and the Grand Pix. Also read: Hottest Male Athletes In The World
She is one of the most popular athletes and media figures in South Korea. She is also named as ‘Queen Yuna’all over the world. Also she was the only one skater, who has passed 140 points and 150 point free skating marks. She has broken world record over 11 times.

6. Victoria Azarenka – 9.7 Million

Victoria Azarenka Highest Paid Female Athletes 2018

Victoria is a Belarusian tennis player. She is presently at number 5th position and former number 1 rank holder. She is the only Belarusian player, to win a Grand Slam singles, as she won 2 Australian Opens. She is also one of the richest athletes in the world.
She has achieved a lot at the age of 26, won Bronze in Olympics, 2 Grand Slams, French Open. Victoria started her career with ITF junior tour in 2003, winning one doubles titles.

5. Danica Patrick – 13 Million

Danica Patrick Highest Paid Female Athletes 2016

Danica is America’s professional stock car racing driver, publicity spokeswomen and model. She is one of the most successful women in history to win American open wheel racing. She drives Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing, since 2013. Patrick became the first female driver to win a NASCAR in a NASCAR cup series.

She initially started with kart racing and after which she moved to Formula Ford in UK. Shewas known as the Rookie of the Year for 2005 Indianapolis and 2005 Indy Car series. She holds a record of running most consecutive races at the finish.

4. Caroline Wozniacki – 13.7 million

Caroline Wozniacki Highest Paid Female Athletes 2018

Caroline is the Danish professional tennis player and former number one in WTA TOUR.She was the first women ever to rank the top position from a Scandinavian country. She started her career in 2005 and improved her ranking ever year after that.

She has won around 23 WTA singles titles till March 2015. Apart from the sports she is also getting money from his endorsements. In 2009, she became endorser for a tennis apparel for Adidas. After this endorsement, she was involved in many other long term endorsements. Along with all this she was known to be 9th most marketable athlete.

3. Serena Williams – 16.3

Serena Williams Highest Paid Female Athletes 2017

Serena Jameka Williams is an American profession tennis player. She was number 1 in Women’s singles tennis. In WTA also, she got rank 1 in singles, in various occasions. She is considered to be one of the greatest female tennis player in history.

Williams has acquired most championships in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, among the active players, male or female. She is the one and only to bag 10 Grand Slam singles titles in 2 different decades. Apart from winning singles, she had won various doubles with her sister Venus. She was also venerated as the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ by a sports magazine.

2. Li Na – 18.4 Million

Li Na Highest Paid Female Athletes 2018

Li is a Chinese professional tennis player. She came into light after becoming the first and only champion for Grand Slam from East Asia.She was the first Chinese women to reach into the quarter finals of Wimbledon in 2006. And she achieved 2nd rank in WTA tour in 2014.She is at present 34 years old and retired from Tennis in 2014, September. Because of her, there were growth in tennis in China.

1. Maria Sharapova 27.1 Million

Maria Sharapova Highest Paid Female Athletes 2016

Maria is a Russian richest Tennis player. She has been on rank 1 in singles by WTA, for 21 weeks. She is the only Russian woman to hold the Career Grand Slam. She has gained silver medal in Olympics for Russia. Apart from sports, she has been considered and admired for her beauty, and because of which, she has been featured for various modelling assignments and in a number of advertisements for various famous brands.

Forbes has listed her at the top of the highest-paid female athlete for 11 years. She has also been incorporated in ‘100 Greatest of all the time’ by Tennis.


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  1. It is amazing Serena isn’t the highest paid female tennis player and athlete in the world after being much better player than Maria Sharapova and all other female tennis players.I am very puzzle. It doesn’t seem right at all

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