Highest-Paid Female Athletes Don't Come Close to the Men

3 male athletes each made more than top 10 women athletes' combined earnings for 2018
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2018 9:30 AM CDT
Highest-Paid Female Athletes Don't Come Close to the Men
Serena Williams returns the ball to Angelique Kerber during their women's singles final match at Wimbledon on July 14, 2018.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

A quick perusal of Forbes' list of the highest-earning female athletes of 2018 reveals why women were so upset with this male-dominated list. If all 10 combined their earnings, they wouldn't touch the highest-paid male athlete. Or the runner-up. Or the third-place finisher. As expected, Serena Williams leads the pack of what's almost exclusively tennis players, with the top 10 athletes taking home $105 million total between June 2017 and June 2018, or 4% less than a year earlier, per CNN. Read on to see how much Williams made, and who ranked after her:

  1. Serena Williams (tennis): $18.1 million
  2. Caroline Wozniacki (tennis): $13 million
  3. Sloane Stephens (tennis): $11.2 million
  4. Garbine Muguruza (tennis): $11 million
  5. Maria Sharapova (tennis): $10.5 million
  6. Venus Williams (tennis): $10.2 million
  7. PV Sindhu (badminton): $8.5 million
  8. Simona Halep (tennis): $7.7 million
  9. Danica Patrick (racing): $7.5 million
  10. Angelique Kerber (tennis): $7 million
Compare to Forbes' list of 2018's 100 highest-paid athletes here. (More female athletes stories.)

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