Indian badminton player P.V. Sindhu is the only Indian player get a place Forbes list of world top 10 richest female players. Her annual income is $8.5 million (Rs 59 crore). Her earnings include revenu by performing as `brand ambassador’ to various products, besides sports. Incidentally, she is the only player from India gets place in this list. She got seventh place in the list.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams was the highest paid female athlete for a third consecutive year in 2018, according to an annual list published by Forbes. Williams, who returned to competition in March after giving birth last September, earned $62,000 in winnings over the past year but received $18.1 million from an endorsement portfolio unmatched among women in sports, Forbes said.
Williams, who will try to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles when she competes at the Aug 27-Sept. 9 U.S. Open in New York, earned twice as much off the court as any other female athlete, according to Forbes.
Dane Caroline Wozniacki, who captured her maiden grand slam title at this year’s Australian Open, was second on the list with combined earnings of ($13 million) while reigning U.S.
Open champion Sloane Stephens ($11.2 million) was third. Spaniard Garbine Muguruza ($11 million) and Russian Maria Sharapova ($10.5 million) rounded out the top five. The list was dominated by tennis players. Among top 10 players, only PV Sindhu (badminton) and Danica Patrick (race car driver) are not from tennis.