Wages earned by female athletes in today's world has been a hot topic discussed on sports shows and among fans and analysts via social media websites such as Twitter for some time. The topic made national headlines in the United States earlier this year when it was learned that United States Women's National Team stars had accused U.S. Soccer of what those players deemed to be “wage discrimination.” There are several factors, beyond wins and losses, that affect how athletes are paid. Media rights deals, tournament prizes and revenue generated are a few of the variables that could explain why certain athletes make more money than others.
One thing known for sure, per the information provided by Forbes in the spring of 2016, is that women's tennis still sits atop the figurative mountain as it pertains to the highest paid female athletes in the world. The highest paid female athlete on the planet this past year also happens to be the best women's player in the world, the best women's player of her generation and probably, all things considered, the best female tennis player in history. That woman has also done well to expand beyond the world of tennis, as she has business endeavors waiting for her whenever she decides to hang her racket up once and for all.
10 Eugenie Bouchard: $6.2 Million Earnings
9 Victoria Azarenka: $6.6 Million
8 Ana Ivanovic: $7.4 Million
7 Garbine Muguruza: $7.6 Million
6 Caroline Wozniacki: $8 Million
5 Agnieszka Radwanska: $10.2 Million
4 Danica Patrick: $13.9 Million
3 Ronda Rousey: $14 Million
2 Maria Sharapova: $21.9 Million
1 Serena Williams: $28.9 Million
When it comes to success on the court, prize winnings and earnings off of the court, there is Serena Williams and then there is everybody else. Williams is the undisputed queen of women's tennis and the greatest player in the history of the women's game. Those who are not tennis fans have likely recently seen Williams in a television commercial, a car ad that first aired during the Super Bowl. That right there says a lot about Williams' fame and about the endorsement deals and business endeavors she has landed when not dominating opponents. When all is said and done, Williams may be seen as the most successful female athlete of the past 100 years.
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