Tennis remains one of the few sports in which men and women are both afforded a similar, if not entirely equal, portion of the spotlight, and some of the most famous players throughout the game’s history have been women.Similarly, their increased visibility means that the sponsorship opportunities for tennis players are present and very fiscally helpful. It’s the combination of endorsements and prize winnings that contributes to each player’s yearly earnings, and the ones who make the most are, not surprisingly, the ones who happen to win — or at least place well – in Grand Slams and the like.
So without further delay, here are the five best-paid women’s tennis players of 2014, with financial information provided by Forbes.
5. Caroline Wozniacki – $10.8 million
While Caroline Wozniacki’s hair was good for at least one really awkward moment at the 2014 U.S. Open — she got her ponytail stuck in her racket, in case you missed it — her year has seen some great tennis performances, despite not making it past the fourth round in a major tournament. The lion’s share of her earnings ($9.5 million) came from endorsements, with just $1.3 million coming from tournament winnings.