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PV Sindhu on Forbes' list of top 10 highest-paid female athletes

PV Sindhu on Forbes' list of top 10 highest-paid female athletes

Forbes' rankings of the world's top 100 highest earning athletes of 2018 did not have a woman on it after Williams' earning fell while she was on maternity leave.

The shuttler has always made India proud starting with the Silver medal in Olympics and continues to do so, being the first athlete to cover the world's highest-paid female athlete.

American former professional racing driver Danica Patrick is the only other non-tennis player in the top 10, at No. 9, sandwiched between Halep and Kerber.

Williams counts six US Open victories among her 23 Slams and with one more would match Australian Margaret Court's record for most major singles titles.

Serena, who finished runner-up at Wimbledon this year after losing to Germany's Angelique Kerber in the final, is ranked 26th in the world, nine places below the seeding she has been awarded.

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Indeed, all of the other seeds - 32 women, 32 men - were positioned based on the WTA and ATP rankings, as usual.

Williams will be back in action at Flushing Meadows. Completing the top five are Spanish player Garbine Muguruza and Russia's Maria Sharapova who both earned more than $10 million over the past year.

Simona Halep is the women's top seed with Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki second, American home-favourite Sloane Stephens third and Wimbledon victor Angelique Kerber seeded fourth. The issue arose when Williams - a 23-time major champion and former No. 1 - was not seeded when she returned to action at the French Open in May, her first Grand Slam tournament in almost 1 1/2 years.

Williams missed the final grand slam of previous year as she gave birth to her daughter, but she is the only player to be seeded above his or her ranking in either the men's or the women's draw in 2018.

Novak Djokovic is up to sixth after his win at the Cincinnati Masters last week.


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