From East to West, near to far, female athletes come from every country of the world. More than ever, female athletes are making a substantial amount of money. Here are the top 10 highest paid female athletes of 2013.
10. Yani Tseng, $6.1 Million
As the youngest player ever to win five major championships, Taiwanese professional golfer Yani Tseng is a force to be reckoned with. Born on January 23, 1989, Tseng was ranked the top amateur athlete in Taiwan from 2004 to 2006. In her professional career, Tseng has won prestigious major championships such as the U.S. Women’s Open in 2010, and the Woman’s British Open in both 2010 and 2011. With her recent success, Tseng’s earnings have reached a cool $6.1 million, landing her in tenth place on the list of highest paid female athletes of 2013.
9. Agnieszka Radwańska, $6.9 Million
Born on March 6, 1989, this Polish professional tennis player comes in at number nine of the highest paid female athletes in 2013. In 2006, Radwańska won the Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) Most Impressive Newcomer award and has been voted the WTA’s most popular player in both 2011 and 2012. Radwańska began her tennis career at the age of four after being introduced to the sport by her father. She turned pro in 2005, earning her enough money to land in at number nine on this list.
8. Ana Ivanovic, $7.2 Million
As the former number one Serbian tennis player, Ana Ivanovic was inspired to play by Monica Seles, a fellow Yugoslavian tennis player. Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia on November 6, 1987, Ivanovic currently holds the number 12 ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). She has qualified for the WTA Tour Championships twice, once in 2007 and once in 2008, and has also won the year-end WTA Tournament of Champions twice, once in 2010 and once in 2011. Although she had struggled for a bit following her big win at the 2008 French Open, she still falls in at number eight of the top paid female athletes of 2013.
7. Kim Yuna, $9 Million
Kim Yuna, born on September 5, 1990, is a South Korean figure skater. She won the championship in ladies’ singles during the 2010 Winter Olympics and has won many other titles, such as South Korean National Champion five times between 2002 and 2013. She is also a 2009 and 2013 World Champion who began training at the age of 7. Yuna credits her coaches for her skating abilities. She is officially sponsored by Kookmin Bank, Nike, Korean Air, Samsung and the Hyundai Motor Company.
6. Victoria Azarenka, $9.7 Million
Victoria Azarenka is a Belarusian professional tennis player. She has formerly been ranked number one in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association and is ranked number two as of late June 2013. Azarenka has not been on the tennis scene all that long, either. She debuted on the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) junior tour in November 2003 and ever since has played her way to stardom.
5. Danica Patrick, $13 Million
Danica Patrick, born March 25, 1982, is an American auto-racing driver. She also does modeling and advertising. As the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing, Patrick got her start in kart racing and Formula Ford in the United Kingdom before beginning her career in the United States. She has been named Rookie of the Year for the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series Season. Most notable now for her spokesperson role for GoDaddy.com, Patrick lands number five on this countdown at $13 million.
4. Caroline Wozniacki, $13.7 Million
Caroline Wozniacki is a Danish professional tennis player born on July 11, 1990. Like many of the female tennis players on this list, Wozniacki once held the number one position on the Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) tour, holding this position for an impressive 67 weeks. As of October 2012, Wozniacki has won 20 WTA singles titles and was runner up at the 2009 U.S. Open. The tennis star earns a good portion of income from her sponsors such as Compeed, Rolex, Sony Ericsson, Proactiv and Turkish Airlines. Her $13.7 million income lands her in the number four spot of the top ten highest paid female athletes in 2013.
3. Serena Williams, $16.3 Million
As the current holder of the number one spot in women’s singles tennis by the World Tennis Association (WTA), Serena Williams secures her spot as number three on the top 10 highest paid female athletes of 2013. She is the only female player to have won over $40 million in prize money and is currently the reigning French Open, U.S. Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic Ladies Singles Champion. Williams has won four gold Olympic medals in her career, a record shared only with her sister, Venus Williams.
2. Li Na, $18.4 Million
Li Na is a Chinese professional tennis player who, as of April 2, 2013, has won seven World Tennis Association (WTA) and 19 International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles titles. Na is also Asia’s first and only Grand Slam singles champion. She is currently ranked as the world’s number six top tennis player. Na began playing tennis at age eight following two years of playing badminton. As a top tennis player representing Asia, Li Na falls at number two on this list of the top highest paid women’s athletes in 2013 at $18.4 million.
1. Maria Sharapova, $27.1 Million
Maria Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player currently ranked number three by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and is the top Russian player. Sharapova’s career truly began in 2004 after defeating Serena Williams at the age of 17. In addition to her tennis career, Sharapova has done a number of modeling assignments. This includes an appearance in the infamous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She is also sponsored by many big name brands such as Nike, Prince and Canon. With a high annual revenue of $27.1 million, Maria Sharapova is currently the number one highest paid female athlete in 2013.
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