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PV Sindhu on Forbes' list of top 10 highest-paid female athletes

26 August 2018

Serena Williams has been named the highest paid female athlete by Forbes magazine.

Sindhu earns Dollars 8.5 million per-year according ti the annual list published by Forbes.

American former professional racing driver Danica Patrick is the only other non-tennis player in the top 10, at No. 9, sandwiched between Halep and Kerber.

"After balancing a variety of factors, including her return to competition following the birth of her daughter, her recent hard-court performance this summer and recognition of her achievements at the U.S. Open, the USTA has moved Serena Williams' seeding nine spots, from 26 to 17", USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said.

The shuttler has always made India proud starting with the Silver medal in Olympics and continues to do so, being the first athlete to cover the world's highest-paid female athlete. Forbes says that her earnings of $18.1 million remain the best for the third year straight.

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In June, the Forbes rankings of the world's top 100 highest earning athletes did not feature a woman after Williams dropped out of the chart.

Williams, 36, earned the rest of her million-dollar pay day through endorsement deals with Nike, Intel, Gatorade and Beats, along with her new fashion collection Serena. The Dane earned $7 million in prize money and received $6million from her endorsement portfolio, giving a combined income at $13 million.

Spaniard Garbine Muguruza ($11 million) and Russian Maria Sharapova ($10.5 million) rounded out the top five.

Serena Williams, who is aiming for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at this year's U.S. Open, was handed a hard path to the final after being drawn on Thursday in the same quarter as older sister Venus and world number one Simona Halep.

Williams' total earnings ensure she tops the list for the third successive year, making twice as much away from the tennis court as any other female athlete.

PV Sindhu on Forbes' list of top 10 highest-paid female athletes