Serena Williams leads the way in Forbes' list of top-10 highest paid female athletes in the period from 31st May 2017 to 31st May 2018. Serena made $18 million from endorsements and just $62,000 from prize money in tournaments, as during this time she only played Indian Wells and Miami earlier this year.
In September 2017, the 23-time Grand Slam winner gave birth to her first daughter Olympia and stopped competing for 14 months. Still, Serena was not included in Forbes' top-100 highest-paid athletes' list in June, which also meant no female athlete made it there.
Caroline Wozniacki got closer to the American, having earned $13 million in total, including $3.1 from her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Maria Sharapova is back on the top position after being banned for 15 months for using Meldonium.
The Russian player ended up fifth with $10.5 million. At this year's French Open she is back to compete in a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time since 2016 Australian Open. Sloane Stephens and Garbine Muguruza were ranked higher than Sharapova, respectively third and fourth.
The American earned $11.2 million, including $3.7 million from 2017 US Open. Muguruza won a Grand Slam as well, 2017 Wimbledon, and she got $11 million considering prize money and endorsements. Venus Williams is sixth with $10.2 million, followed by badminton player PV Sindhu ($8.5 million), then the world no.
1 Simona Halep ($7.7 million), the race car driving competitor Danica Patrick with $7.5 million. The Wimbledon winner Angelique Kerber brought home $7 million, she is tenth on the list. ALSO READ: All red: Roger Federer's 2018 US Open Uniqlo outfit revealed