The Top Earning Female Athletes

Posted by Learn More | 7:56 AM

Maria Sharapova
Tennis - $26 million
Her Australian Open title this year was her third Grand Slam win, along with 16 singles titles.

Sponsors: Pepsi, Colgate-Palmolive, Nike, Motorola and Sony

Serena Williams
Tennis - $14 million
The younger of the Williams sisters. She won three tournament titles this year.

Sponsors: Hewlett-Packard, Nike and Kraft.

Venus Williams
Tennis - $13 million
This year she defeated her younger sister Serena at Wimbledon final.

Sponsors: EleVen, collection fashion and performance foot wear and apparel.

Justine Henin
Tennis - $12.5 million
She retired from sports just before her 26th birth day.

Michelle Wie
Golf - $12 million
A teenager, college student.

Sponsors: Nike and Sony

Annika Sorenstam
Golf - $11 million
The Swede racked up $22 million in prize money which is more than any other female golfer in history. Eight-time player and has 72 LPGA tournament wins including 10 majors. She plans to retire in November this year when she will be 38.

Lorena Ochoa
Golf - $10 million
Six tournament wins so far netted her $1.8 million in prize money this year.

Sponsors: Audi and Lacoste

Danica Patric
Auto Racing - $7 million

Ana Ivanovic
Tennis - $6.5 million
She sot up to the number one position after winning the French Open in 2008.

Sponsors: Adidas, Yonex and Juice Plus

Paula Creamer
Golf - $6million
She won the 2007 LPGA event at the age of 18, the youngest LPGA winner in 53 years history.

Sponsors: Adidas, NEC and Taylor Made

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