India’s badminton sensation PV Sindhu is currently the seventh highest-paid female athlete in the world as per a Top 10 list published by Forbes on Tuesday, with Serena Williams topping the charts for the third year running. Sindhu is also the only Indian player on the list as well, which features a whopping eight tennis players.
Forbes has reported that Sindhu has a total of $8.5 million in earnings, with brands such as Bridgestone, Gatorade, Nokia, Panasonic, Reckitt Benckiser, etc. all in her kitty. She is now regarded as the face of Indian badminton, with four World Championship medals as well as a historic Olympic silver medal to her name.
With a career-high ranking of World No. 2, she is the only Indian woman to win an Olympic silver and most recently won her third World Championship silver after losing to Carolina Marin in the final earlier this month.
The only other non-tennis player on the list is Danica Patrick, who is considered to be the most successful female race car driver ever and has estimated earnings of $7.5 million, putting her ninth on the list.
The number one is none other than the indomitable Serena Williams with total earnings of $18.1 million, almost all of which come via endorsements. Most recently, she made her comeback to the sport after giving birth to her daughter and reached the finals of Wimbledon where she lost to Angelique Kerber.
At 36 years of age, Williams is still a major force to reckon with in the world of tennis and with 23 singles Grand Slam titles to her name, she is regarded as arguably the greatest tennis player of all time.
The other players on the list are: #2 Caroline Wozniacki, #3 Sloane Stephens, #4 Garbine Muguruza, #5 Maria Sharapova, #6 Venus Williams, #8 Simona Halep and #10 Angelique Kerber.