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Serena Williams named Forbes highest paid female athlete

EXCEPTIONAL: Serena Williams

SERENA WILLIAMS was named the highest paid female athlete for a third consecutive year in 2018, according to a recent list published by Forbes on Tuesday (Aug 22).

Williams, who returned to competition in March after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September 2017, earned $62,000 in winnings over the past year but received $18.1 million from an extensive endorsement portfolio unlike any other female athlete, Forbes said.

The celebrated tennis champ earned twice as much off the court as any other female athlete, according to Forbes.

Dane Caroline Wozniacki, who gained her grand slam title at this year’s Australian Open, was second on the list with combined earnings of ($13 million) while reigning U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens ($11.2 million) was third.

Spaniard Garbine Muguruza ($11 million) and Russian Maria Sharapova ($10.5 million) rounded out the top five.

This list follows Forbes' ranking of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes, which faced criticism as it did not feature a woman. Williams, who was the only woman on the list the previous year, dropped out of the chart while on maternity leave.

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