Serena Williams Is This Year's Highest-Earning Female Athlete

Dean Simpson
August 26, 2018

Forbes' rankings of the world's top 100 highest earning athletes of 2018 did not have a woman on it after Williams' earning fell while she was on maternity leave.

PV Sindhu broke into the top 10 paid female athletes lost in the world, according to an annual list published by Forbes on Tuesday.

Still, the 23-time Grand Slam champion collected twice as many off-court coins than any other female athlete.

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


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.

Despite the vast amounts of money Serena earned in the past year, she is still made significantly less than the best paid male, Floyd Mayweather.

Serena and Venus Williams could be headed toward their earliest Grand Slam meeting in 20 years, facing a potential third-round matchup at the U.S. Open.

Should Serena come through those ties, elder sibling and two-time champion Venus could be waiting in the next round, before a possible match-up with world number one Halep, who gets under way against Kaia Kanepi.


It was another instance of personal matters intruding on the tennis court in a way they never have before, with Williams opening up about her struggles with post-partum emotions since the birth of daughter Olympia last September, and wrestled with feelings of inadequacy that many new mothers experience.

In the men's field, No. 1-ranked and defending champion Rafael Nadal opens against David Ferrer in an all-Spanish rematch of their 2013 French Open final.

Serena Williams, who was the only woman on the list the previous year, dropped out of the chart while taking time off to have a baby.

Women's No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki faces 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the first round.


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