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.
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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.