Serena is still in top spot despite hardly playing in 2018. Picture: AP.
Serena is still in top spot despite hardly playing in 2018. Picture: AP.

Serena rules female rich list yet again

SERENA Williams was the highest paid female athlete for a third consecutive year in 2018, according to an annual list published by Forbes that was dominated by tennis players.

Williams, who returned to competition in March after giving birth to her first child 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, according to Forbes.

Williams, who will try to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles when she competes at the US Open in New York starting next week, earned twice as much off the court as any other female athlete.

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 US 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.

Indian badminton player P.V. Sindhu ($8.5 million) and retired race car driver Danica Patrick ($7.5 million) were the only non-tennis players to crack the top 10, filling the seventh and ninth spots, respectively.

The others tennis stars on the list are sixth-placed Venus Williams ($10.2 million), world No.1 Simona Halep ($7.7 million) at eighth and 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber ($7 million).

In June, Forbes issued a ranking of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes and it did not feature a woman.

Serena Williams, who was the only woman on the list the previous year, dropped out of the chart while taking time off for the birth of her daughter.