Serena Williams is world’s highest-paid female athlete

Tuesday June 7th, 2016

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Serena Williams has surpassed Maria Sharapova to become the world’s highest-paid female athlete, Forbes announced Monday.

Williams, 34, has earned $28.9 million in prize money and endorsements over the past year. Sharapova had held the top spot for 11 years, but has seen her earnings fall to $21.9 million–down almost $8 million from last year–due to a doping scandal that was unveiled in March.

The UFC’s Ronda Rousey came in third on the list, while NASCAR driver Danica Patrick sits in fourth.

Williams, who recently added a major deal with Chase to her list of endorsements, has lost the first two Grand Slam singles finals of the 2016 season. She most recently fell to Garbine Muguruza on Saturday in straight sets at the French Open.

• Garbine Muguruza upsets Serena Williams to win French Open

Williams hasn’t won a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon last year.

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