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Sindhu earns United States dollars 8.5 million per-year according ti the annual list published by Forbes.

Even though she spent most of year adjusting to motherhood, Serena Williams is - according to Forbes - once again far and away the highest paid female athlete on Earth for the third straight year. "The 23-year-old has a robust sponsor roster with Bridgestone, Gatorade, Nokia, Panasonic, Reckitt Benckiser and a half-dozen other brands", Forbes wrote.

The Romanian has reached six finals this year, displaying a new maturity on the court."Now she's understanding what the problems are, when she gets a little bit emotional how many points in a row she's losing because of that", Halep's coach Darren Cahill said. Her remarkable tennis achievements combined with her off-court success in fashion and philanthropy, as well as her status as a strategic partner and investor, make her one of the most recognizable global icons.

Indian badminton player P.V. Sindhu - with $8.5 million - and retired race auto driver Danica Patrick, who earned $7.5 million are the only non-tennis players to enter the top-10, placing seventh and ninth respectively.

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On the third spot is Sloane Stephens with $11.2 million, followed by Garbine Muguruza with $11 million, Maria Sharapova with $10.5 million, Venus Williams with $10.2 million, PV Sindhu, Simona Halep with $7.7 million, Danica Patrick with $7.5 million and Angelique Kerber with $7 million.

Williams earned just $62,000 in prize money between June 2017 and June 2018, but added an impressive amount of money through endorsements. Williams missed last year's tournament because of pregnancy.

Indian Olympic and world silver medallist Sindhu and Patrick - the most successful female race auto driver - are seventh and ninth on the list respectively.

Forbes released its annual list of top-paid female athletes, highlighting the highest-earning sport stars - and tennis players dominate the field.

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