Serena is now the No.1 women's money earner in sports, ahead of Sharapova

Jun 07 2016 12:16 PM
Serena is now the No.1 women's money earner in sports, ahead of Sharapova

Serena Williams lost the French Open final Saturday. But the American has moved ahead of fellow tennis player Maria Sharapova to top the women's earnings list in sports.

The tennis icon earned $28.9 million over the past 12 months. That makes her the world’s highest-paid female athlete over that span, unseating Maria Sharapova, who had held the title the past 11 years.

Sharapova, who lost some sponsorship money after announcing she had tested positive for the recently banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January and is provisionally suspended, holds second spot at $21.9 million.

After falling at Roland Garros on Saturday, she vowed to keep trying to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam titles.

Williams’s career prize money of $77.6 million amounts to more than twice as much as any other sportswoman’s.

American mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey was third on the list with $14 million, just ahead of NASCAR stock car driver Danica Patrick, who earned $13.9 million.

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