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Highest-Paid Female Athletes Don't Come Close to the Men

3 male athletes each made more than top 10 women athletes' combined earnings for 2018
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2018 9:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – A quick perusal of Forbes' list of the highest-earning female athletes of 2018 reveals why women were so upset with this male-dominated list. If all 10 combined their earnings, they wouldn't touch the highest-paid male athlete. Or the runner-up. Or the third-place finisher. As expected, Serena Williams leads the pack of what's almost exclusively tennis players, with the top 10 athletes taking home $105 million total between June 2017 and June 2018, or 4% less than a year earlier, per CNN. Read on to see how much Williams made, and who ranked after her:

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  1. Serena Williams (tennis): $18.1 million
  2. Caroline Wozniacki (tennis): $13 million
  3. Sloane Stephens (tennis): $11.2 million
  4. Garbine Muguruza (tennis): $11 million
  5. Maria Sharapova (tennis): $10.5 million
  6. Venus Williams (tennis): $10.2 million
  7. PV Sindhu (badminton): $8.5 million
  8. Simona Halep (tennis): $7.7 million
  9. Danica Patrick (racing): $7.5 million
  10. Angelique Kerber (tennis): $7 million
Compare to Forbes' list of 2018's 100 highest-paid athletes here. (Read more female athletes stories.)

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