There's no shame that Venus isn't on the top 10. She was once the highest-paid athlete. She wasn't on the top 10 because she was not sponsored by big brands. She wears her own line which is being developed.
So she should be proud!
1.Maria Sharapova $27.1 million
2.Li Na $18.4 million
3.Serena Williams $16.3 million
4.Caroline Wozniacki $13.7 million
5.Danica Patrick (motor racing)$13 million
6.Victoria Azarenka $9.7 million
7.Kim Yu-Na (figure skating) $9 million
8.Ana Ivanovic $7.2 million
9. Agnieszka Radwanska $6.9 million
10.Yani Tseng (golf) $6.1 million
So its actually more related with 2011 and start of 2012, than with 2012 - despite in article they put fresh money prize facts. No way Serena reach 5.3$ millions in July (before USO) when this 16.3M$ published for the first time.
I'm sure that real Serena numbers for 2012 is way better because in meantime she won Olympics and USO. And even more this means for Murray which from status of most famous tennis loser become UK sports hero, Olympics and GS champions - and this list obviously not include new sponsors deals.
Number$ of Wozniacki (continues to produce worse results than in 2011), Roddick (retired) and Nadal (out of anything) is for sure worse.
So on real 2012 teni$$$ list Murray from #8 is probably already about #5, Serena is better ranked than Li Na (maybe even than Djokovic), Ivanovic should to replace retired Roddick. BTW Ana will finish this season with two lucrative EXO's (in Italy with Sharapova, and in Colombia with still unknown opponent - so add to her another million).
and I'm not even fan of Ana Ivanovic... just an objective observer who realize how perfect she is
AMAZING BELGRADE MIRACLE: In just three years (2008-2011) 5 different players born in same city reach world #1 in rankings and several GS titles and finals (WTA singles: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, ATP singles: Novak Djokovic, ATP doubles: Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor... with notable performances of Bojana Jovanovski, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki which is also all three born in Belgrade)
#2 - player with no serve, no return of serve, no volley, no backhand, permanent knee tendinitis, permanent foot injury, injured every 3 months, skips grandslam tournaments, misses 50% of events in calender every alternate year......still no.2 in the list......
his biggest weapon is the greatest single shot in tennis history,