Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams

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Tennis anyone?

After all, playing it can be pretty profitable.

Just ask seven of the 10 women who just made Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid female athletes.

Taking the top spot is Maria Sharapova, who not only won the French Open recently, but managed to pull in $29 million over the past year.

Danica Patrick

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Felllow tennis stars Serena Williams, Li Na and Victoria Azarenka placed second, third and fourth with $20.5 million, $18.2 million and $15.7 milliion respectively.

Danica Patrick, meanwhile, cruised into the fifth position. The NASCAR racer managed to speed off with $15 million over the course of the last 12 months.

South Korean figure skater Kim Yuna ($14 million) came in sixth, followed by another trio of tennis aces—Caroline Wozniacki ($13.6 million), Agnieszka Radwanska ($7.4 million), Ana Ivanovic ($7 million).

Golfer Paula Creamer with $5.5 million in earnings rounded out the top 10.

Figures were based on combining one's prize money along with endorsements.

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