Serena Williams tops Forbes' list of top-earning female athletes

Serena Williams’ endorsement deals have propelled her to the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid female athletes of 2018.

Despite taking home only $62,000 in winnings between June 2017 and June 2018, the new mom is No. 1 for the third straight year. She’s made twice as much money off the court as any other female athlete, making her total earnings $18.1 million.

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Williams, 36, has endorsement deals with Nike, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln, Gatorade and Beats.

Tennis was dominant in the top 10 -- Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova and Williams’ older sister Venus round out the top six.

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Serena Williams is the highest paid female athlete of the year, according to Forbes. (Photo by (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)) (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

View the top 10 highest-paid athletes below.

  1. Serena Williams, tennis - $18.1M
  2. Caroline Wozniacki tennis - $13M
  3. Sloane Stephens, tennis - $11.2M
  4. Garbine Muguruza, tennis- $11M
  5. Maria Sharapova, tennis - $10.5M
  6. Venus Williams, tennis - $10.2M
  7. P.V. Sindhu, badminton - $8.5M
  8. Simona Halep, tennis - $7.7M
  9. Danica Patrick, racing - $7.5M
  10. Angelique Kerber, tennis - $7M

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