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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Williams overtakes Sharapova as top earner


French Open runner-up Williams ended the Russian’s 11-year reign after earning an astonoshing $28.9 million in combined prize money and off-field earnings over the past 12 months. Sharapova lost some sponsorship money after announcing she had tested positive for the recently banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January and is provisionally suspended, and has moved down to second spot at
$21.9 million. American MMA fighter Ronda Rousey shot up from eighth to third on the list at $14 million, just ahead of compatriot and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, who earned $13.9 million. The remainder of the women’s top 10 were also tennis players. Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska ranked fifth at $10.2 million followed by Dane Caroline Wozniacki ($8 million), Spain’s newly-crowned French Open champion Garbine Muguruza ($7.6 million), Serb Ana Ivanovic ($7.4 million), Victoria Azarenka of Belarus ($6.6) and Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard ($6.2 million).

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