MARIA Sharapova is No. 1 for the 11th straight year on the Forbes list of highest-paid female athletes.
The Russian star, No. 2 in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings, has raked in US$29.2 million as tennis players took the top three spots and seven places in the top 10.
Serena Williams of the US, the world No. 1, is in second with earnings of$24.6 million, followed by former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who has earned $14.6.
Nascar’s Danica Patrick is in fourth with earnings of $13.9 million followed by tennis grand slam winners Ana Ivanovic of Serbia ($8.3 million) and Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic ($7.7 million) and French Open finalist Simona Halep ($6.8 million).
UFC champion and actress Ronda Rousey was in eighth at $6.5 million followed by twice golf major winner Stacy Lewis at $6.4 million and former WTA No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland at $6 million.
The list is made at midyear, not at year’s end, and the numbers are calculated from total earnings including prize money and endorsements between June 2014 and June 2015.