Published: August 23, 2018 2:51:04 pm
SHUTTLER PV Sindhu is seventh on the Forbes list of most deserving female athletes in the world. Despite the semi-professional status of badminton in most parts of the world, the silver medalist of the Olympic Games in Rio earned $ 8.5 million in the period between June 2017 and June 2018 – this includes its prize winnings and endorsement deals.
While the list is led by tennis legend Serena Williams, surprise Sindhu surprised the current world No. 1, Simona Halep, and German Angelique Kerber, winner of three Grand Slam singles titles including Wimbledon 2018.
A large part of the income of Sindhu comes from the court, because the prize money in badminton is still not in line with some other sports. In fact, no less than $ 8 million of her income comes from official statements.
"The Indian badminton player burst onto the scene with a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She was the first Indian female athlete to win a silver The 23-year-old has a robust sponsor roster with Bridgestone, Gatorade, Nokia, Panasonic, Reckitt Benckiser and half a dozen other brands, "wrote Forbes.
Sindhu is also the ambassador of the brand for the Central Reserve Police Force and Vizag Steel.
Serena recently returned to tennis after the birth of a daughter. While her on-court results declined due to her absence, she managed to earn $ 18,062 million, with only $ 62,000 as prize money.
She is followed on the Forbes list by fellow tennis players Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova and older sister Venus.
The American ex-professional racer Danica Patrick is the only other non-tennis player in the top 10, at number 9, sandwiched between Halep and Kerber.
After returning from the Rio Games, Sindhu received cash prizes from various state governments and government agencies adding up to Rs 13 crore, while gold medalist Marin, who beat the Indian in the final, received only Rs 70 lakh from the Spanish government.
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