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Serena Williams tops Forbes list for highest-earning female athletes

  • Posted: Aug 21, 2018

Eight of the top 10 highest earning female athletes are tennis players, with 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams topping the Forbes list.

Williams earned just $62,000 (£48,050) from prize money during the past year – owing largely to her 14-month break to have a baby – but made $18m (£13.95m) through endorsements.

Badminton’s PV Sindhu and race car driver Danica Patrick are the only non-tennis players in the top 10.

In June, the Forbes rankings of the world’s top 100 highest earning athletes did not feature a woman after Williams dropped out of the chart.

US boxer Floyd Mayweather topped the list followed by football’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The top 10 highest earning female athletes earned $105m (£81.4m) in total from June 2017 to June 2018.

That figure is down 4% from last year and 28% from five years ago.

Williams’ total earnings ensure she tops the list for the third successive year, making twice as much away from the tennis court as any other female athlete.

Caroline Wozniacki is second on the list having won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open earlier this year – a victory that secured her $3.1m (£2.4m) in prize money to push her total earnings to $13m (£10.1m).

Completing the top five are Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza and Maria Sharapova.

Russian Sharapova was the top-earning female athlete for 11 consecutive years but has seen her earnings drop after her 15-month doping ban.

Indian Olympic and world silver medallist Sindhu and Patrick – the most successful female race car driver – are seventh and ninth on the list respectively.

The top 10 and their total earnings

  1. Serena Williams (tennis) – $18.1m (£14m)
  2. Caroline Wozniacki (tennis) – $13m (£10.1m)
  3. Sloane Stephens (tennis) – $11.2m (£8.7m)
  4. Garbine Muguruza (tennis) – $11m (£8.5m)
  5. Maria Sharapova (tennis) – $10.5m (£8.1m)
  6. Venus Williams (tennis) – $10.2m (£7.9m)
  7. PV Sindhu (badminton) – $8.5m (£6.6m)
  8. Simona Halep (tennis) – $7.7m (£6m)
  9. Danica Patrick (race car driving) – $7.5m (£5.8m)
  10. Angelique Kerber (tennis) – $7m (£5.4m)

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Nadal, Federer Are US Open's Top Seeds

  • Posted: Aug 21, 2018

Nadal, Federer Are US Open’s Top Seeds

Spaniard going for his fourth US Open title, Federer his sixth

The seeds for the 2018 US Open are set. Three-time champion Rafael Nadal, the No. 1 player in the ATP Rankings, will lead the field when play gets underway on Monday. The Spaniard will go for his second Grand Slam title of the season and look to match his 2017 Grand Slam haul by winning Roland Garros and the US Open.

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Second seed Roger Federer will also be vying for his second Grand Slam title of 2018. The Swiss currently has 20 Grand Slam crowns, only three ahead of Nadal’s 17. Juan Martin del Potro, who’s at a career-high No. 3 in the ATP Rankings, will try to replicate his 2009 US Open run and hoist his second Grand Slam trophy.

Novak Djokovic’s surge at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati last week landed him the sixth seed. Djokovic became the first player to win the Career Golden Masters by beating Roger Federer in the final of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Ohio.

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Qualifying play in New York started earlier Tuesday.

Singles Seeds
1. Rafael Nadal, Spain
2. Roger Federer, Switzerland
3. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina
4. Alexander Zverev, Germany
5. Kevin Anderson, South Africa
6. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
7. Marin Cilic, Croatia
8. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria
9. Dominic Thiem, Austria
10. David Goffin, Belgium
11. John Isner, United States
12. Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain
13. Diego Schwartzman, Argentina
14. Fabio Fognini, Italy
15. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
16. Kyle Edmund, Great Britain
17. Lucas Pouille, France
18. Jack Sock, United States
19. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain
20. Borna Coric, Croatia
21. Kei Nishikori, Japan
22. Marco Cecchinato, Italy
23. Hyeon Chung, South Korea
24. Damir Dzumhur, Bosnia and Herzegovina
25. Milos Raonic, Canada
26. Richard Gasquet, France
27. Karen Khachanov, Russia
28. Denis Shapovalov, Canada
29. Adrian Mannarino, France
30. Nick Kyrgios, Australia
31. Fernando Verdasco, Spain
32. Filip Krajinovic, Serbia

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Djokovic Visits Today Show In New York

  • Posted: Aug 21, 2018

Djokovic Visits Today Show In New York

Career Golden Masters winner looks ahead to US Open

Less than 48 hours after becoming the first man in history to complete the Career Golden Masters, Novak Djokovic was awake bright and early Tuesday for an appearance on NBC’s breakfast show, Today, in New York City.

“It feels great [to complete the Career Golden Masters]… It is amazing to be in New York and obviously for the first time, at my sixth attempt, to win Cincinnati,” said Djokovic. “It’s probably the biggest challenge you can have in tennis, to win all the Masters.”

The 31-year-old, fresh off his recent win over Roger Federer at the Western & Southern Open, is already in New York City as he begins preparations for the final Grand Slam of the season. The two-time champion joined Hoda Cobb, Savannah Guthrie, Craig Melvin and fans for a quick visit as excitement begins to build ahead of Monday’s start of the US Open. Djokovic, who most recently lifted the trophy in 2015 (also 2011), owns a 62-10 record at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

After missing the 2017 tournament due to injury, Djokovic will be making his first appearance at the event since his runner-up finish to Stan Wawrinka two years ago. The 70-time tour-level titlist will be seeded sixth, with defending champion Rafael Nadal and five-time winner Roger Federer occupying the No.1 and No. 2 spots, respectively.

“I’ve been through a difficult journey with an injury that kept me away from the Tour for the second part of last season,” said Djokovic. “For sixth months I was away, I [did not] play the US Open. It was the first Grand Slam I had missed… I’m really glad I am back on track. I recovered well and I am playing at my best at the moment. It is the best possible way to prepare for the US Open.”

Note: Fans in the U.S. can watch this week’s US Open qualifying action on Tennis Channel.

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Edmund named in European team for Laver Cup

  • Posted: Aug 21, 2018

British number one Kyle Edmund has been named in the European team to face a world team in this year’s Laver Cup.

The second edition of the three-day tournament, which features nine singles and three doubles matches, will be held in Chicago from 21-23 September.

Team Europe won last year’s inaugural event, beating Team World 15-9.

World number 16 Edmund, 23, is one of six players in the Europe team, which also includes former world number ones Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Germany’s Alexander Zverev, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov and Belgium’s David Goffin make up the rest of the squad, captained by 11-time Grand Slam champion Bjorn Borg.

Team World, captained by Borg’s former rival and seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe, includes Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro and Diego Schwartzman, Americans John Isner and Jack Sock, South Africa’s Kevin Anderson and Australian Nick Kyrgios.

Each day consists of three singles and one doubles match, played as best of three sets, with a 10-point tiebreaker in the deciding set.

The matches take place on an indoor hard court, with one point awarded for victories on day one, two for wins on day two and three for victories on the final day.

Team Europe Team World
Captain: Bjorn Borg Captain: John McEnroe
Roger Federer (Swi) Juan Martin del Potro (Arg)
Alexander Zverev (Ger) Kevin Anderson (SA)
Novak Djokovic (Srb) John Isner (US)
Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) Diego Schwartzman (Arg)
David Goffin (Bel) Jack Sock (US)
Kyle Edmund (GB) Nick Kyrgios (Aus)

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