23 Richest Female Tennis Players
#23 Monica Seles, $12 million
Retired player born in Novi Sad, Serbia, she won Orange Bawl tournament in the US when she was at age 11, and her first Grand Slam title was the French Open at age 16.
She was the #1 female tennis player in the world in March of 1991.
Monica is famous for her two-handed swings and two-tone grunts, and she spent over 175 weeks on the No.1 spot.
Her most trying moment during career was when she stabbed in the back, by a spectator, literally. It was during a changeover at a tournament held in Hamburg.
After that event, loud-grunting ace was never able to return to her earlier tour dominance. She was elected to the 2009 International Tennis Hall of Fame.
#22 Simona Halep, $14 million
Romanian professional tennis player, born in Constanta in 1991, is endorsed by Adidas and has had sponsorships with Vodafone and Lacoste.
She first reached the women’s Top 10 in 2014, and as of August 2015 she is ranked #3 in the world.
#21 Victoria Azarenka, $15 million
Net worth of Belarusian pro is subsequent to her rise through the ranks rapidly.
She is the Bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics.
As a mixed doubles player, she also won the Gold medal at 2012 Olympics.
Former world junior #1, by the end of 2005, to date has won the Australian Open twice.
#20 Martina Navratilova, $15 million
Retired American pro, born in Prague, Navratilova was selected by Tennis magazine in 2005 as the No.1 female tennis player from 1965-2005.
As a No.1 she finished seven different years, as a singles player for 332 weeks, and doubles player for 237 weeks.
She holds 18 Grand Slam titles, 31 doubles titles, and 10 mixed titles, as well as the open era records for most singles (167) titles, and doubles (177) titles.
During 1991 Navratilova came out as lesbian, and since than she has been involved with Rita Mae Brown, Judy Nelson and Nancy Lieberman.
#19 Jelena Jankovic, $15 million
Serbian professional tennis player, born in Belgrade, and a former World No.1 tennis player in singles.
Her resume includes winning the 2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title with Jamie Murray, as well as the Internazionali BNL d’Italia twice and 2010 BNP Paribas Open.
#18 Billie Jean King, $15 million
American former World No.1 pro, born in Long Beach, California.
She is considered as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
An advocate for sexual equality, she was the founder of Women’s Tennis Association, World Team Tennis and the Women’s Sports Foundation.
She was the first female athlete ever to receive honor by Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the year 1972, as well as she was named by Life Magazine as one of the 100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century.
This hard-hitting net-rusher pro was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and she has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
#17 Mary Pierce, $16 million
At age just 14 French-American professional, born in Montreal, Canada, Mary made history by being the youngest tennis player to have participated in a professional tour.
She has won four grand slam titles, as well as 10 WTA doubles titles and 18 WTA singles titles.
#16 Ana Ivanovic, $16 million
This Serbian professional, born in Belgrade, started to play tennis at age 5, and she did so after watching another Serbian pro, Monica Seles, play on television.
To date, she has been given the titles of sexiest female tennis player of all time, most beautiful athlete on the planet, hottest body in sport, as well as being 11th on FHM’s Sexiest Women list in 2009.
Ana made appearance in many tennis video games, and in August 2016 she got married to the German football Star, Bastian Schweinsteiger. Ceremony took place at Palazzo Cavalli in Venice, Italy.
#15 Justine Henin, $18 million
Retired professional, born in Liege, Belgium, Henin has won 43 WTA singles titles, seven Grand Slam titles, as well as singles golden medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
When she retired, famous Billie Jean King said that “Justine is the best women’s athlete I’ve ever seen”.
#14 Lindsay Davenport, $20 million
Former American professional, born in Palo Verde, California, Lindsay won the singles Golden Medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
For the next decade she performed a formidable tennis standout, as well as she joined in the prestigious small group of female tennis professionals who have reached World No.1 status four times .
#13 Kim Clijsters, $20 million
Retired Belgian professional, started winning tennis championships at the age of 11.
Affectionately nicknamed “Aussie Kim” by Australians, she won the French Open 1998 title with Jelena Dokic.
In 2003 she earned World No.1 ranking, making her the first tennis player to reach that status without winning a Grand Slam singles title.
In 2007 Kim married American basketball player Brian Lynch, and she gave birth to daughter Jada Elle in 2008, as well as son Jack Leon in 2013.
#12 Caroline Wozniacki, $20 million
This blond Dane is a former World No.1, and she was the first Scandinavian woman to hold the top ranking position.
She started to play tennis at age of 7, and her father Piotr was her coach.
This quick-footed counter-puncher has turned out winner in 20 WTA singles titles, as well as she won the 2006 Wimbledon Girl’s Singles title.
Even though she hasn’t succeeded to earn a women’s grand slam titl, she holds two WTA titles in doubles.
#11 Petra Kvitova, $24 million
Born in Czechoslovakia, Petra has won 16 career singles titles and two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon.
It turned out that winning at 2001 Wimbledon Grand Slam singles, is her career breakthrough point.
In October 2011 she was ranked World No.1.
Same year (2011) Petra was named the WTA Player of the Year.
#10 Martina Hingis, $25 million
Former Swiss professional, born in Slovakia, Martina began playing tennis at a young age, and she became pro when she was at age 14.
At age 15 she became the youngest Gland Slam champion of all time.
As one of the best, Time named Martina as one of the 30 Legends of Women’s Tennis, and it was probably due to her remarkable achievements, such as being a World No.1 for a total of 209 weeks.
2013 she was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
#9 Agnieszka Radwanska, $25 million
Girl from Krakov, this Polish professional has been coached by Martina Navratilova.
At the 2012 Wimbledon Championship she became the first Polish player in the Open Era to reach the singles final of a Grand Slam.
She also became first Polish player to win a WTA singles title, as well as she has won 14 career singles titles and her highest ranking was No.2 in 2012.
From 2011 to 2014 Radwanska was the WTA most, popular player, and in 2013 Polish President awarded her with the Gold Cross of Merit.
#8 Svetlana Kuznetsova, $30 million
Born in Leningrad, Russia, she turned professional in 2000, and has won 16 career WTA titles, as well as she achieved her highest ranking of No.2 in 2007.
She has also won 16 career doubles WAT titles, US Open in 2004 and French Open in 2009.
Among her achievements are winning the Australian Open doubles titles in 2005 and 2012.
#7 Steffi Graf, $30 million
Former World No.1 from Germany, Steffi reached to won each of the four Majors at least four times, becoming the only player to do so.
Regarded by many to be the greatest female player in tennis history, she is the only singles player (male or female) to have achieved a Calendar Year Grand Slam while playing on four various types of tennis courts.
Steffi was ranked World No.1 by the WTA for a record 377 total weeks and that is the longest period for any player, female or male as well.
She won 107 singles titles and she got married to former pro Andre Agassi.
#6 Chris Evert, $32.5 million
Former American five time year-ending World No.1, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she started playing tennis at age 5 and her father was her coach.
Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles championships, including record seven titles at the French Open, and record six titles at the US Open.
Her total in single championship wins is 157, and her lifetime career win-loss record 1,309 – 146 (89.96 %) in singles matches is best of any player ( male or female ) in the Open Era.
Today she operates a tennis academy in Boca Raton, Florida, and she is married to Olympic skier Andy Mill.
#5 Li Na, $50 million
The only Chinese player to win Grand Slam Singles event was originally intending to play badminton, just like her father who was a professional badminton player.
Li shifted to tennis when she was eight, and she even took some time off to complete her degree in Journalism at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
Even so, she has been very successful winning 19 ITF tournaments and 7 WTA tournaments.
#4 Anna Kournikova, $50 million
Russian-American one of the most famous female players, though she may not have ever won a WTA singles titles, Kournikova together with Martina Hingis made so called the “Spice Girls of Tennis”.
Dream-team Kournikova-Hingis won Grand Slam doubles titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002.
She ended her career prematurely at the age of 21, and now resides in Miami Beach, Florida.
Kournikova is a Global Ambassador for Population Services International’s Five & Alive program, sometimes plays exhibitions and she is dating Enrique Iglesias for 12 years.
#3 Venus Williams, $75 million
Older sister Williams achieved to be ranked World No.1 in singles on three separate occasions.
Venus turned professional at age of 14.
She competed her younger sister Serena for a total of 24 times during their rivalry.
In 2007, Venus started her own fashion line ( EleVen ) and in 2009, sisters Venus and Serena became partners as co-owners of the Miami Dolphins.
#2 Maria Sharapova, $135 million
Russian pro have earned millions much more from endorsements for companies like Nike and Head.
Sharapova has won 35 career titles and her first Grand Slam title was at Wimbledon in 2004, at age 17.
She is four-time Grand Slam Champion, and it is obvious that time spent at the Nick Bolletieri Tennis Academy was essential for her success.
Sharapova is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Project, and was named the most-searched for athlete by Yahoo in 2005 and 2008 as well.
Among else she is very close friend to Novak Djokovic.
#1 Serena Williams, $160 million
Current World No.1 as of June 2016, Serena has won 18 singles Grand Slam titles, 13 doubles with her sister Venus, as well as she won gold medals at the Sidney, Beijing and London Olympics.
Serena earns over $15 million per year endorsing companies like Kraft Foods and Nike.
Girl born in Saginaw, Michigan, has been ranked #1 in the world five times and furthermore she has earned more prize money than any other female professional tennis player in history.