Top 10 Highest Paid Female Athletes 2011

Most would agree that sports are more entertaining if the opponents are closely matched. It is thrilling for the general public to watch the competition which builds up between two players but for the competitor, it’s their profession. It is a tough job to lure away the trophy meant for the winner. In spite of the hardships the world has produced such female sports talents who have not only created records but have also deserved highest pay. Determination and perseverance were always their favorites profiting them much more than their fellow mates. The list below will guide us through their profits and achievements.

List of Highest Paid Female Athletes 2011

Rank Female Athelete Earnings
1 Maria Sharapova $27.1 million
2 Li Na $18.4 million
3 Serena Williams $16.3 million
4 Caroline Wozniacki $13.7 million
5 Danica Patrick $13 million
6 Victoria Azarenka $9.7 million
7 Kim Yuna $9 million
8 Ana Ivanovic $7.2 million
9 Agnieszka Radwanska $6.9 million
10 Yani Tseng $6.1 million

Top 10 Earning Female Athletes 2011

1. Maria Sharapova
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a professional tennis player from Russia. Born on April 19, 1987, Maria has been a United States resident since 1994. Sharapova has won 27 WTA singles titles, four Grand Slam singles titles and the year-end WTA Tour Championships. $27.1 million as her current earning, she made her professional breakthrough in 2004 at the age of 17, defeating two-time defending champion Serena Williams. She is also the United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador  since 2007.

2. Li Na
Born on February 26, 1982 in Wuhan, Li Na is a leading Chinese Tennis player. To be the first Chinese to win a Grand Slam in singles, she at present has an income of $18.4 million. Till now she has won 5 WTA, 19ITF singles titles and the 2011 French Open singles title. She is also the first Asian to appear in a Grand Slam singles final by reaching the final of the 2011 Australian Open.

3.Serena Williams
Being the only female to win prize money worth $35 million, Serena Williams has $16.3 million as her present earning. The world’s most prevailing player in regards to healthiness has 29 Grand Slam titles, 14 in singles, 13 in women’s doubles, 5 Australian Open singles titles and 2 in mixed doubles. Williams has also earned a name with two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles.

4. Caroline Wozniacki
A former world no. 1 on the WTA Tour, Caroline Wozniacki is a Danish skilled tennis personality born on 11 July 1990. She has won 18 WTA singles titles, 2006 Wimbledon Girls’ Singles title, two WTA titles in doubles and the 2010 WTA Tour Championships. $13.7 million as her returns, the 22 years old is the first Scandinavian woman to hold the top ranking position.

5. Danica Patrick
The fifth top paid Athlete is an American auto racing driver, Danica Patrick. Being a part of the man dominated game; she is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. Patrick was named the Rookie for both the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series season. Danica has a record for completing 50 consecutive races and the lady has $13 million as her home taking.

6. Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka was born on 31 July 1989 to become the first Belarusian player to win a Grand Slam in singles. Apart from this she has applauses for two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, the 2007 US Open with Max Mirnyi and the 2008 French Open with Bob Bryan with a current pay role of $9.7 million.  It is reported that the inspirations she gets from her grandmother is the key for her continued developments in the sport.

7. Kim Yu-Na
Yuna Kim or Kim Yu-Na is a South Korean figure skater and was born on September 5, 1990. With a 9 million yearly profit Kim has earned fame for the 2010 Olympic champion in Ladies’ Singles, the 2009 World champion, the 2009 Four Continents champion, (2006–2007, 2007–2008, 2009–2010) Grand Prix Final champion, the 2006 World Junior champion, the 2005–2006 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, and a four-time (2002–2005) South Korean national champion.

8. Ana Ivanovic
Inspired by s Monica Seles, who have played for Yugoslavia, Ana Ivanovic mastered the game so well that today she is offered $7.2 million and is one of the maximum paid Athletes. The former No.1 Serbian tennis player has won 11 WTA Tour singles titles through her aggressive style of play. Ana has been competing professionally since 2003.

9. Agnieszka Radwanska
Born on 6 March 1989, Agnieszka Radwanska is the first Polish player in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam singles final by participating in the finals of 2012 Wimbledon Championships. Radwańska has won two WTA Awards, being voted Most Impressive Newcomer in 2006, and Fan Favorite Singles Player in 2011. Agnieszka is also the first player from Poland to win the WTA singles title when she won the Nordea Nordic Light Open. In 2009, Radwańska became a WTA ambassador for Habitat for Humanity and currently draws $6.9 million profit.

10. Yani Tseng
A  Taiwanese by birth, Yani Tseng is a professional golfer playing on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. Though Yani is the youngest player ever she is ranked No.1 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings.  Callaway Junior World Golf Championships (girls 13 – 14), Callaway Junior World Golf Championships (Girls 15 – 17), U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and North and South Women’s Amateur Golf Championship are her achievements while $6.1 million is her home taking.

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