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Russia's Maria Sharapova serves to compatriot Russia's Ksenia Pervak during the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)Michel Euler—AP
Russia's Maria Sharapova serves to compatriot Russia's Ksenia Pervak during the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler), Michel Euler—AP
  • Affiliation
    Tennis/Russia
  • Last Year's Rank
    9
  • Salary$3,544,222
  • Endorsements$20,000,000
  • Total Earnings$23,544,222

The Russian tennis star is the highest-paid female athlete on the planet. She has strong, complex endorsement relationships with Nike, Evian, Tag Heuer, Samsung, Cole Haan, Head, and Porsche. And none of that even includes the high fees she commands for appearances and licensing deals. Her candy company, Sugarpova, is now included among the toppings at Pinkberry stores. She only came in fourth in 2013 in WTA prize money, otherwise she would have been even higher on this list.

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