FOX Sports Asia puts together the ten richest sportswomen for 2017.
In a year where the top 100 sports athletes earned a combined US$3.1 billion, it is clear that sports mean big money.
While beloved Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo ran away with US$93 million for himself, there was still plenty of cash to go around.
But, it isn’t just the men that are seated at the money table. The ladies, with the aid of lucrative corporate partnerships, are no slouch as well.
So who are these big sportswomen ballers? Let’s find out who made it rain green all throughout the year…
10. Simona Halep
Total Earnings: US$6.2 million
Prize Money: US$4.7 million
Despite losing her second French Open final, world number one Simona Halep is still the tenth highest-earning female athlete for the year.
Not only did she spend the most consecutive weeks in the top ten rankings, she also managed to sign a deal with Mercedes-Benz Romania in 2017.
9. Eugenie Bouchard
Total Earnings: US$7.1 million
Prize Money: US$0.6 million
Although she spent much of 2017 languishing in the 70s on the women ranking, Eugenie Bouchard is still easily one of the most marketable tennis player. She appeared in this year Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.
The 23-year-old Canadian added Colgate to her ever-growing list of sponsors, which includes Nike, Coca-Cola, Rogers and Aviva.
8. Agnieszka Radwanska
Total Earnings: US$ 7.3 million
Prize Money: US$3.3 million
Affectionately nicknamed “The Professor”, Polish tennis ace Agnieszka Radwanska managed to secure new deals with Srixon, Polish oil firm Lotos and cosmetic company Inglot despite dropping out of the top three.
The 28-year-old has amassed US$26.5 million in prize money – the fifth highest of all time!
7. Caroline Wozniacki
Total Earnings: US$7.5 million
Prize Money: US$2.5 million
Despite popping up in five tournament finals (and not winning any), world number three Caroline Wozniacki’s season only really got going with her capture of her first WTA Finals win in 2017.
Nonetheless, the 27-year-old Danish tennis pro still has a long list of corporate partnership with the likes of Adidas, Rolex, Usana, Babolat and State Drinks.
6. Garbine Muguruza
Total Earnings: US$7.7 million
Prize Money: US$4.2 million
Not content with last season’s French Open title, Garbine Muguruza carried on her rich vein of tennis form by capturing the 2017 Wimbledon Open crown.
However, the corresponding US$2.8 million in prize money and bonuses will only be included next year as it is after the 1 June deadline.
5. Venus Williams
Total Earnings: US$10.5 million
Prize Money: US$3.5 million
While she doesn’t boast as many sponsors as her sister Serena, California native Venus Williams does have her own apparel line Eleven.
Besides earning her six-figure pay check in the courts, the world number five female tennis legend is also a popular motivational speaker.
— Venus Williams (@Venuseswilliams) June 23, 2017
4. Ronda Rousey
Total Earnings: US$11 million
Prize Money: US$8 million
While it wasn’t a good year in the Octagon for the UFC 207 headliner, Ronda Rousey still made out like a bandit – securing a record-tying US$3 million guarantee and a cut of the 1.1 million pay-per-view buys.
Besides getting hitched, the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion has kept herself busy in Hollywood – as a coach on the Battle of the Network Stars TV show and starring in the upcoming movie Mile 22 with Mark Wahlberg.
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) April 27, 2017
3. Danica Patrick
Total Earnings: US$12.2 million
Prize Money: US$7.2 million
Danica Patrick, the most successful female American professional stock car driver, is the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race as well as to finish third in the 2009 Indianapolis 500.
The part-time model, who drives for Stewart-Haas Racing this season, has ten personal sponsors which includes the likes of Coca-Cola, Ford and Nationwide.
2. Angelique Kerber
Total Earnings: US$12.6 million
Prize Money: US$7.6 million
So far, 2017 is proving to be a year to forget for 29-year-old German tennis pro. After winning two Grand Slams last year, Kerber struggled as she went out in the fourth round and first round at the Australian and US Open respectively.
But with residual sponsor bonuses, and the inking of five new corporate sponsorship deals, the Olympic silver medallist still manages second spot on our list as she slip out of the top twenty.
— Angelique Kerber (@AngeliqueKerber) August 22, 2017
1. Serena Williams
Total Earnings: US$27 million
Prize Money: US$8 million
Making headlines both on and off the courts, tennis legend Serena Williams is the only female sportswoman on the Forbes’ The World Highest-Paid Athletes 2017 list – coming in at number 51!
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) August 9, 2017
Though she has been sidelined since her record-setting Australian Open win at the start of the year, the 36-year-old happy-mother-of-one still managed to surpass her other more active colleagues, raking in US$27 million!