Tennis Great Serena Williams is Forbes highest-earning female athlete

Tennis Great Serena Williams has once again dominated the Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-earning female athletes for the third straight year. Williams who has been off the circuit on maternity leave for 14 months, still managed to top the list. The 23-time grand slam champion earned just $62,000 in prize money during the last 12 months, but her $18.1 million in endorsements banked last year was enough to secure the No. 1 spot. Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki is second with total earnings of $13 million, while reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens ($8.7 million) is third. Williams, 36, made twice as much off the court than any other female athlete, while only 16 male athletes have earned more than Williams over the past 12 months from sponsorships, according to Forbes.