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Sharapova drops 62 places on Forbes list of highest-paid athletes

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Disgraced Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova has plummeted from 26th to 88th position on the list of highest-paid athletes in the world for 2016, comprised by business journal Forbes.

Sharapova represented the only sportsperson from Russia on ‘The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes’ list published by Forbes, with earnings of $21.9 million. In 2015, Sharapova weighed in at number 26 on the annual list, which has been put together each year since 2012.

Her American counterpart Serena Williams held 40th position with earnings of $28.9 million for 2016. It’s the first time that Sharapova has been lower-ranked than the younger Williams sister in 12 years.

Williams and Sharapova also represented the only two female athletes on the list.

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