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Serena Williams Now Tops Sharapova as The World’s Highest-Paid Female Athlete

Serena may have lost out on the French Open final title this year, but she still earned a major victory this week;

See original imageForbes has announced that Williams has overtaken Maria Sharapova as the world’s highest-paid female athlete, bringing in $28.9 million in prize money and endorsements over the year. Serena, the world’s No. 1 since February 2013, won three Grand Slams in 2015, reached the final of the year’s first two Slam events and added a major endorsement deal with Chase.

Serena’s endorsement deals include such stars as Delta Air Lines, Gatorade, Pepsi, Audemars Piguet, Mission Athlete Care, Beats by Dre Headphones, BerLei Bras, Chase Bank, IBM, One Piece, Mini, OPI Products and of course Nike. That’s not too shabby.

Sharapova had reigned atop Forbes’ annual list for 11 years, but lost lucrative endorsement deals with Nike, American Express, Porsche and TAG Heuer due to her recent doping scandal. She pulled in $21.9 million, down nearly $8 million from last year.

Over the course of her career, Serena Williams has earned $77 million in prize money (Getty Images)Williams, 34, has dominated her sport for a decade and a half. She won her second Grand Slam in 2002 and has added 19 more since then. Her career prize money of $77.6 million is more than twice as much as any other female athlete.

She remains on track to tie Stefie Graff’s record of 22 Grand Slams, and as her streak continues, she could set the record this season with upcoming games in Wimbledon and the US Open.

2016 Australian Open - Day 8Her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who has just opened his magnificent new Tennis Academy in Nice, France,  has no doubts that she will reach the magical figure of 22.

Mourataglou has guided Williams into eight Slam titles in her last 16 tournaments, compared to 13 from 47 before they teamed up after a first round loss at the 2012 French Open, “It will take as long as it takes, but Serena will win a 22nd Grand Slam. It’s not easy to break records, it wasn’t easy for her to get to 18 (the number won by Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova).”

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