Polish Women in Top Ten of Highest Paid

By Raymond Rolak

Forbes magazine has just released its list of highest paid female athletes and Caroline Wozniacki is ranked third.  The tennis pro had earnings of $14.6 million, including $11 million off the court.  She picked up new deals with Godiva chocolates and Lavazza coffee this year.

Wozniacki has got a sweet tooth.  She is the first athlete sponsor ever for Godiva, which approached her after Wozniacki said in a Wall Street Journal article: “I will do a chocolate deal for product only.   No need for money.”  Wozniacki will get product in the new deal, as well as a mid-six figure check annually in the multi-year pact.  She ran the New York City marathon in November and raised more than $80,000 for charity in the process.

Agnieszka Radwanska was tenth on the list.  She had earnings of $6 million, with $4 million coming from endorsements.  The 2012 Wimbledon champ finished No. 6 in the WTA year-end rankings.  She renewed endorsement deals with Lotto, Babolat and Lexus at healthy increases. She also added a new sponsor in Workday.

Serena Williams still looks up at rival Maria Sharapova when measuring their endorsement deals.  Williams earned $24.6 million from prize money and endorsements between June 2014 and June 2015, while Sharapova banked $29.7 million. Sharapova is the world’s highest-paid female athlete for the 11th straight year.