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Sharapova tops Forbes List

French Open champion Maria Sharapova has topped the 2014 Forbes List of highest paid female athletes.

The 27-year-old Russian, who has won all four major championships during her career, banked a total of $24.4m in 2013, of which $22m came from endorsements.

Fellow tennis stars Li Na and Serena Williams finished just behind Sharapova with earnings of $23.6m and $22m respectively.

Former Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yuna from South Korea comes in at No 4 with just $300,000 of her $16.3m earnings coming from prize money.

American racing driver Danica Patrick finished ahead of tennis players Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, with earnings of $15m.

Californian golfer Paula Creamer, who won the first two majors of her career in 2013, completes the list after banking $5.5m in the last year.