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Monday, August 23, 2010

World’s 10 Highest Paid Female Athletes

by Tabi

from http://smashingusa.com/worlds-10-highest-paid-female-athletes/

No. 10: Lorena Ochoa (Golf)

Income: $5 million

Ochoa stunned the golf world in April when she announced her retirement from professional competition despite being ranked No. 1 on the LPGA Tour. She will continue to play and host the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, an LPGA event held annually in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Tennis players dominate the top 10, making up half the list, while golfers nab three spots. Here are the top ten highest paid athletes of the world.

No. 9: Paula Creamer (Golf)

Income: $5.2 million

Creamer missed the first half of 2010 with a thumb injury, but won her first major, the U.S. Open, in only her fourth tournament back from her layoff. Creamer’s $7.7 million in career prize money is 12th-best of all time.

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No. 8: Jelena Jankovic (Tennis)

Income: $5.3 million

Jankovic became the first woman to ever be ranked No. 1 without reaching a Grand Slam final in 2008. Last year she signed an apparel and shoe deal with China-based sportswear company Anta.

No. 7: Ana Ivanovic (Tennis)

Income: $7.2 million

Adidas announced a lifetime deal in February with the former No. 1-ranked player in the world. Ivanovic has struggled on the court since winning the 2008 French Open, but her website remains one of the most popular among all athletes.

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No. 6: Annika Sorenstam (Golf)

Income: $8 million

The eight-time player of the year retired from the LPGA at the end of 2008, but still retains deals with the likes of Callaway, Cutter & Buck, Lexus and Rolex. Other business interests include golf course design, a golf academy and a winery.

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No. 5: Kim Yu-Na (Figure skating)

Income: $9.7 million

The 2010 Olympic gold medalist has an impressive endorsement portfolio including Hyundai, Nike and Samsung Electronics. Her sponsor, Kookmin Bank, took out insurance on its $1 million bonus if Kim broke her world-record score at the Olympics. She smashed it.

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No. 4: Danica Patrick (Racing)

Income: $12 million

Patrick’s part-time move to Nascar has been a bit bumpy, as her average finish was 30.5 in her first six starts. She remains one of racing’s biggest stars with 10 personal sponsorship deals.

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No. 3: Venus Williams (Tennis)

Income: $15.4 million

Williams pitches for Oreo, Powerade, Tide and Wilson, among others. She co-authored the book, “Come to Win,” released in July, which looks at successful people who played sports as kids, including Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, Jack Welch and Meg Whitman.

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No. 2: Serena Williams (Tennis)

Income: $20.2 million

Williams won two Grand Slams and a record $6.5 million in prize money in 2009. Last August Williams and sister Venus became minority owners in the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

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No. 1: Maria Sharapova (Tennis)

Income: $24.5 million

The top-paid woman in sports signed an eight-year contract extension with Nike this year that could be worth as much as $70 million, thanks to royalties from her own tennis line and a line of bags and shoes through Nike subsidiary Cole Haan.

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