New Delhi, August 8: India’s shuttle-queen P. V. Sindhu is the ‘only Indian’ to be named among the world’s highest-paid female athletes by Forbes. With total earnings of 5.5 million dollars, Sindhu is tied for the 13th place in The Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2019 list released by Forbes on Tuesday.
“Sindhu remains India’s most marketable female athlete. She became the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour finals in 2018," Forbes said.
P.V Sindhu is only of the only three non-tennis athletes in the top 15 of the highest-paid female athletes list, US soccer star and World Cup winner Alex Morgan, and Thai golf player Ariya Jutanugarn being the other ones.
The list of the world’s top 15 female athletes is topped by Williams, with total earnings of USD 29.2 million. On the second spot is Naomi Osaka, who won the 2018 US Open, defeating 23-time Grand Slam champ Williams. She has total earnings of USD 24.3 million.
Forbes said its earnings tally looks at prize money, salaries, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees between June 2018 and 2019. There are 15 female athletes who made at least USD 5 million during that time period; for comparison roughly 1,300 male athletes will hit that mark this year. Forbes added that tennis remains the most surefire way for female athletes to make millions of dollars. Female athletes in soccer, basketball and softball earn salaries of pennies on the dollar compared with their male counterparts.
Here is the detailed list by Forbes: