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The Top 20 Highest-Paid Female Athletes

Female wages have been in headlines recently, especially around the professional sports realm. In today’s world, turning a talent into a financial success is more common with men, while many professional female athletes need to take on a second job in order have a livable wage. But in this article, however, we’re focusing on the female athletes that are so rich, they’ll never have to worry about financial issues for the rest of their lives. Check out our list and see what you think.

Eugenie Bouchard: $6.2 Million

Bouchard’s name has become a bigger and bigger name in the world of professional tennis. This 23-year-old Canadian started playing tennis at the age of five, and she is still a member of Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre in Montreal, where she grew up.

Bouchard made her name in professional tennis when she reached the 2014 Wimbledon Final. She is also the first Canadian-born player to reach the finals of a Grand Slam in singles. Bouchard is currently ranked 59 in the world, and at 23 years old, she has a lot more room to reach the top.

Victoria Azarenka: $6.6 Million

Azarenka is a huge name professional international tennis. She has been such a success over these past few years, even being a huge rival to tennis powerhouses Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. Although she has yet to reach the status of Williams and Sharapova, Azarenka has been very successful as a professional tennis player.

Azarenka has won two Australian Open singles titles (2012 and 2013), becoming the only Belarusian player to win a Grand Slam singles title. Her success peaked in 2012 when she was ranked no. 1 in the world. She has been playing professionally since 2003 and is still a huge threat to any player on the court.

Ana Ivanovic: $7.4 Million

As another professional tennis player on our list, Ivanovic is a huge name, especially in her home country of Serbia. Although 2015 and 2016 have not been the best years for Ivanovic’s tennis career, she has proven herself as a talented professional player.

Competing as a professional from 2003 until 2016, Ivanovic won 15 WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam singles title, the French Open in 2008. The same year, 2008, Ivanovic was ranked No. 1 in the world. Due to her talent and reputation, Ivanovic won’t be hurting for cash anytime soon.

Ronda Rousey: $12 Million

Ronda Rousey is the most recognized female MMA fighter of all time. She might be nice on the eyes, but she is brutal in the octagon. She won 12 consecutive MMA fight, six in the UFC, before she lost to Holly Holm in 2015. She has had such a powerful impact lately that in September of 2015, Rousey was voted as the best female athlete ever by an online ESPN poll.

Not only is Rousey a sucess in the UFC, she also won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games for Judo. Since her rise to fame in the MMA world, Rousey has made a few on-screen appearences, including films such as The Expendables 3, Furious 7 and Entourage.

Garbiñe Muguruza: $12 Million

Like Bouchard, Garbiñe Muguruza’s name has become bigger in the world of professional tennis. Although she was born in Venezuela, Muguruza is a Spanish citizen but currently resides in Switzerland.

Muguruza has won three singles titles, most notably at the 2016 French Open where she beat world No. 1 Serena Williams in the final. She is currently ranked 14 in the world, but her highest rank was at No. 2 in June of 2016. This 23-year-old has been playing well and has a bright future ahead of her.

Simona Halep: $14 Million

If you haven’t figured it out by now, professional women tennis players are at the top of the highest-paid female athletes. Simona Halep is another one in the category, but she is anything but ordinary. She has put in tremendous amount of practice and work into becoming a great tennis player. She started playing the game at 4 years old and started practicing daily at the age of 6.

Halep first broke into the world’s top 50 at the end of 2012, reached the top 20 in August 2013, and finally the top 10 in January 2014. She is currently ranked No. 2 in the world and has no plans on settling on that number. Halep was so well recognized on and off the court that she was awarded the WTA Most Popular Player of the Year prize for the 2014-2015 year.

Karrie Webb: $15 Million

For out first non-tennis pro on the list, Karrie Webb has quite the successful reputation. Not only is she an admirable athlete, but she is Australia’s most successful female golfer and one of the greatest players in the history of women’s golf.

Webb began her professional career in 1994 playing on the Ladies European Tour where she finished second at the Women’s Australian Open and the Futures Tour in the U.S., where she won one tournament. At 42 years old, Webb still plays on the tour and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. She has a total of 41 wins on the LPGA Tour, more than any other active player.

Jelena Jankovic: $15 Million

Another pro tennis player making the list, Jelena Jankovic is a celebrity in her home country of Serbia. Some of her career highlights include winning the 2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title with Jamie Murray, the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia twice, in 2007 and 2008 and an appearance in the finals of the 2008 US Open.

Jankovic began professional tennis career in the year 2000 and has been successful ever since. She remained a World No. 1 in singles for seventeen consecutive weeks until she was overtaken by Serena Williams in February of 2009. She is currently ranked No. 60 in singles and No. 122 in doubles.

Lorena Ochoa: $15 Million

This successful golf pro comes to us from the country of Mexico. Lorena Ochoa played on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour from 2003 to 2010 and was the top-ranked female golfer in the world for 158 consecutive weeks. Ochoa started playing golf at the age of five and won her first national event at the age of 7.

As the first Mexican golfer to be ranked number one in the world, she is considered the best Mexican golfer and the best Latin American female golfer of all time. Ochoa was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame and will be inducted in September of 2017. Although she is retired, Ochoa will be able to live comfortably due to her large net worth.

Lindsay Davenport: $20 Million

As a former tennis pro, Lindsay Davenport is a legend in the game. She turned pro in 1993 and has achieved world No. 1 ranking at least four times in singles, World No. 1 in doubles and a gold medal in the 1996 Olympic Games. Davenport won a total of 55 WTA Tour singles titles, including three Grand Slam titles (one each at the Australian Open, the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open).

Davenport grew up in an athletic family, with her father being a professional volleyball player and her mother the president of the Southern California Volleyball Association. Davenport retired from professional tennis in 2010 and has been coaching ever since.

Caroline Wozniacki: $20 Million

Known for her beauty on and off the court, Caroline Wozniacki is very well known in the world of professional tennis. Wozniacki has won 25 WTA singles titles, including six in 2010 and 2011, the most in a year by a WTA player from 2008–2011.She won the 2006 Wimbledon Girls’ Singles title and also holds two WTA titles in doubles.

Wozniacki is a former No. 1 world player, having held that position for 67 weeks, and she currently sits at No. 6. This Danish professional player shows no signs of slowing down and continues to be dominant in the world of professional tennis.

Kim Yuna: $21 Million

This South Korean figure skater is quite the celebrity in her home country. She has won countless championships in figure skating and has won two Olympic medals: a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games and a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

Yuna is the former record holder for ladies in the short program, free skate and combined total under the ISU Judging System. She has broken world record scores 11 times under the ISU Judging System since 2007, eight of which being records she herself set. She was the highest paid athlete at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games and is still one of Korea’s highest paid athletes.

Agnieszka Radwańska: $25 Million

Talk about a sibling rivalry, Agnieszka Radwańska and her sister Urszula both began their professional tennis careers in 2005. Agnieszka has won 20 singles titles and two doubles titles and still has time to model on the side.

This Polish pro is currently ranked No. 10 in the world, but she ranked her highest at No. 2 in July of 2012. Radwańska’s net worth may seem extremely high for a player who has yet to reach the No. 1 spot, but her modeling gigs have helped her income generously.

Martina Hingis: $25 Million

This Czechoslovak-born Swiss professional tennis player has been in the tennis spotlight even before she turned pro in 1994. Considered a teenage prodigy, Martina Hingis became the youngest ever Grand Slam junior winner in 1993.

Hingis has been ranked No. 1 in singles in March of 1997, but she thrives in doubles, as she is currently ranked No. 3. At the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Hingis and partner Timea Bacsinszky won silver medals for Switzerland. For her success on the court, Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013.

Annika Sörenstam: $40 Million

Regarded as one of the best female golfers of all time, Annika Sörenstam started her professional career in 1994. During her professional career, Sörenstam had won 90 international tournaments as a professional, making her the female golfer with the most wins to her name.

This Swedish-born player retired in 2008 and currently resides in Orlando, Florida. Her career earnings are more than $22 million, and she is the first player in LPGA history to cross the $20 million earnings mark.

Li Na: $50 Million

This Chinese tennis star jumped to fame in 2011 when she became the first Asian player to make the finals at the Australian Open and the first Asian-born tennis player ever to win a Grand Slam singles event at the French Open.

Li Na became pro in 1999 winning nine WTA singles titles throughout her career. She retired in 2014, the same year she received the highest ranking of her career, No. 2 in the world. She is a star in the world of tennis, but an even bigger star in her home country of China.

Anna Kournikova: $50 Million

This Russian bombshell was a huge name in the world of professional tennis since her turning pro in October of 1995. With Martina Hingis (who was mentioned above) as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002, and the WTA Championships in 1999 and 2000.

Despite never winning a singles title, she reached No. 8 in the world in 2000. She achieved greater success playing doubles, where she was at times the World No. 1 player. Due to her celebrity status, Kournikova is one of the most well-known female tennis player. She was so admired at the peak of her fame that fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on Google Search.

Danica Patrick: $60 Million

Danica Patrick has not only made headlines for her good looks but for her performance on the racetrack as well. Her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only women’s victory in an IndyCar Series race and her third place in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 is the highest finish there ever by a woman.

She drove professionally in the IndyCar Series from 2005 to 2011. Though in 2012, Patrick competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and also in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. She now competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 10 Ford Fusion car.

Venus Williams: $75 Million

Like her sister Serena, Venus Williams is synonymous with tennis. She became pro at the age of 14 in the year 1994, which was a year prior to her sister. Her seven Grand Slam singles titles tie her twelfth on the all-time list, more than any other active female player except her sister.

Williams has won 49 singles titles and 22 doubles titles. She has also won five Olympic medals, four gold and one silver. Throughout her career, Williams has won more than $36 million in prize money, but because of her endorsement deals, her net worth sits at a comfortable $75 million.

Alexis DeJoria: $100 Million

Alexis DeJoria is drag racer competing in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). The funny car, the car she competes in, reaches speeds over 330 miles per hour. She has been fairly successful in the NHRA as she has four career wins and is the only female driver to clock under four seconds.

DeJoria makes the list not solely because of her racing career but because her net worth is mainly due to her being the daughter of billionaire entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria, who co-founded the Paul Mitchell line of hair products and The Patrón Spirits Company.

Maria Sharapova: $135 Million

This Russian-born tennis player is almost just as famous for her looks as she is for her talent on the court. She has won 23 singles titles — including five Grand Slam titles — and three doubles titles. She also won a silver medal for at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since she became pro in 2001 and plays professionally to this day. She has appeared in a number of modeling assignments, which contributes to her net worth more than her career winnings as a tennis professional.

Serena Williams: $160 Million


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