Women are making waves in the world of sports and writing their names in gold as they go home with staggering sums of money.
Forbes’ list of 2018 highest paid women in sports shows that a majority of the stars come from a particular sports – tennis.
As we await the 2019 list, here are your top 10 highest paid women in sports 2018:
1). Serena Williams
This American powerhouse of skill, agility and finesse earned a staggering $18.1 million in endorsements and winnings to top the chart of 10 highest paid women in sports – even though she didn’t win any major tournament in 2018.
According to Forbes, Williams earned a meager $62,000 prize money from tennis in 2018.
However, her major source of income came from endorsements with HSN, Nike and a host of others. Williams has made a whopping $86 million in career prize money – the highest in the sports.
2). Caroline Wozniacki climbed to world number one tennis player temporarily in 2018 after winning the Australian Open (2018) and the China Open (2018).
Wozniacki who is Danish, earned a total of $13 million in 2018 to claim the spot as the second highest paid woman in sports.
A breakdown shows that $7 million came from prize money while $6 million came from endorsements partners like: Adidas, Rolex, Usana, Babolat and more.
3). Sloane Stephens earned a total of $11.2 million to emerge as the third highest paid woman in sport 2018.
The American professional tennis player achieved her best career ranking of No. 3 in 2018.
Having won the 2017 US Open champion, Stephens started the 2018 season in grand style by winning the Maimi Open.
However, she lost momentum after losing French Open final in 2018 and the Canadian Open 2018 final to Simona Halep.
Her prize money in 2018 was $5.7 million. She made an additional $5.5 million from endorsements, making it a total of $11.2 million.
4). Garbine Muguruza earned $11 million last year according to Forbes to claim the number 4 position as the highest paid woman in sports 2018.
She made $5.5 million as prize money from professional tennis and $5.5 million from endorsements.
After coasting to victory in 2017 as Wimbledon champion and world number one at the time, Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco’s 2018 season was not a roller-coaster ride as she witnessed a streak of losses at the Australian Open, Qatar Open and the Maimi Open.
However, the Spanish-Venezuelan tennis player took home the 2018 Monterrey Open crown.
She made more money from endorsement deals with Adidas, Rolex, Evian, Babolat, Beats by Dre, Rolex, Maui Jim sunglasses and Caser Seguros insurance etc.
5). Maria Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player. Maria Sharapova earned $1 million prize money and $9.5 million from endorsements in 2018 even though she didn’t win any major tournament.
However, endorsements from UBS, Nike, Head, Porsche and Evian made it possible for the former world number 1 to end the year as the 2018 fifth highest paid woman in sports.
The candy mogul expanded her Sugarpova brand via agreements with the Hudson Group and SBE Hotel Group, according to Forbes. She made a total of $10.5 million in 2018.
6). Venus Williams is the sister Serena Williams. The professional tennis player made $10.2 million last year from playing tennis and endorsements from brands.
Her total prize money was $4.2 million in 2018, while she made $6 million from endorsements. She is the sixth highest paid woman in sports in 2018.
7). P.V. Sindhu is a professional badminton player from India. Her rise to fame came when she won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She later followed it up with another silver in Women’s singles at the Commonwealth Games 2018.
The 23-year-old made $500,000 as prize money while $8 million came from endorsements from brands like – Bridgestone, Gatorade, Nokia, Panasonic, Reckitt Benckiser and others.
Her total prize money in 2018 amounted to $8.5 million, placing her on number seven.
8). Simona Halep, a professional tennis player ended 2018 in grand style as number one.
She won the Shenzhen Open, French Open and Canadian Open to make her year one to remember.
She earned a total of $7.7 million to become eighth highest paid woman in sports for 2018. She made $6.2 million prize money and $1.5 million from endorsements.
9). Danica Patrick famed as the most successful woman to ever feature in the American open-wheel racing, is a retired professional racing driver.
She made a total of $7.5 million in 2018 to earn the ninth spot as the highest paid woman in sports 2018.
She made $3 million as prize money, majorly because of her winning from the 2017 Nascar season and $4.5 million from endorsements.
10). Angelique Kerber is a German tennis icon who earned a total of $7 million in 2018 to occupy the 10th spot as the highest paid woman in sports 2018.
She earned $3 million in prize money and $4 million from endorsements.