Tennis Serena Williams tops female athletes rich list

PV Sindhu 7th highest paid female athlete in the world: Forbes

Forbes Magazine released its annual list of highest-paid female athletes on Tuesday and Williams took the top spot.

Serena Williams topped the list for the third consecutive year, despite dropping out of Forbes' ranking of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes in June.

The 23-time grand slam champion made twice as much off the court than any other female athlete, reports CNN, and only 16 male athletes earned more than Williams over the past 12 months from sponsorships.

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Second seed and two-time runner-up Caroline Wozniacki opens against 2011 victor Samantha Stosur, while reigning champion Sloane Stephens, who is seeded third, will begin her defense against Evgeniya Rodina.

Spaniard Garbine Muguruza ($11 million) and Russian Maria Sharapova ($10.5 million) rounded out the top five.

Badminton's PV Sindhu and race vehicle driver Danica Patrick are the only non-tennis players in the top 10.

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If the sisters do play each other, the victor might face No. 1-ranked Simona Halep in the fourth round.

Serena Williams, riding an emotional roller-coaster as she adapts to juggling tennis and motherhood, seeks to end 2018 on a high with a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at the US Open. But, one year later, it seems she's amped up and ready to go for the 2018 US Open. Williams, who missed last year's Open as she gave birth to her first child, is ranked 26th in the world.

Holder Sloane Stephens meets Russia's Evgeniya Rodina in the first round and could face former world number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the third, Belgian 15th seed Elise Mertens in the fourth and seventh-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals.

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Should the unseeded Murray advance, he would face Fernando Verdasco or Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the second round before a projected third-round clash against Argentine third seed and 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro.

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