The 10 Highest-Paid Female Athletes of 2013

highest paid female athletes of 2013

With the 2013 U.S. Open underway in New York, now is the perfect time to do a countdown of the highest-paid female athletes in the world. Why is that, you ask? Because of the 10 top earners in women’s sports, seven are tennis players.

It’s hard for me to put my finger on why, exactly, women’s tennis is such a dominant economic force. Sure, the women are often attractive, a fact which lends itself to good TV ratings and good sponsor appeal. But the women who play beach volleyball also have a lot of sex appeal. Yet it takes the best beach volleyball players an entire career to earn just half of what the no. 10 woman on this list made in 2013. So obviously it’s not just sex appeal, but an athletic appeal as well.

In any case, whatever the reason, tennis is the dominant woman’s sport in the world these days, followed (apparently) by golf and figure skating. Oh, and NASCAR, which isn’t strictly a women’s sport, but obviously you-know-who is on the list yet again.

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