Top Women in Sports 2010, Top Sports Woman Around World 2010, Top highest earning Women in Sports, Best Female Atheletes 2010
1. Maria Sharapova - Tennis Player - She earns an average of $29 million and has endorsement deals from Sony, Pepsi, Canon, Nike, Motorola.
2. Serena Williams (U.S.) - Tennis Player - She earns an average of $14 million - with three tournament wins this year, boasts endorsement deals with Hewlett-Packard, Nike and Kraft.
3. Venus Williams (U.S.) - Tennis Player - She earns an average of $13 million - defeated Serena at Wimbeldon this year and now has her own successful fashion line called EleVen and endorsement deals (past and present) with PowerAde, Nike, Wrigleys and Reebok.
4. Justine Henin (Belgium) - Tennis Player - $12.5 million - earned $5 million in prize money alone in 2007
5. Michele Wie - Golfer
6. Annika Sorenstam. Wie, - Golfers at $12 million,
It has been found that The earnings between male and female athelete is on a constant decrease. The gap is decreaseing. so all the young female atheletes and girls who have a passion of any sports can take it as a serious career option.
Women Athelets in India
1. P.T Usha -
She Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha (born June 27, 1964), popularly known as P. T. Usha is an Indian athlete from the state of Kerala. Regarded as queen of Indian track and field, P. T. Usha has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. She is one of the greatest athletes India has ever produced. Her initials stand for her family/house name, according to tradition in many parts of Kerala. She was nicknamed Payyoli Express
bronze by 1/100th of a second. She became the first Indian woman (and the fifth Indian) to reach the final of an Olympic event by winning her 400 m hurdles Semi-final.
In the 10th Asian Games held at Seoul in 1986, P. T. Usha won 4 gold and 1 silver medal in the track and field events. Here she created new Asian Games records in all the events she participated.She won five golds at the 6th Asian Track and Field Championship at Jakarta in 1985. Her six medals at the same meet is a record for a single athlete in a single international meet.
Usha has won 101 international medals so far. She is employed as an officer in the Southern Railways. In 1985, she was conferred the Padma Shri and the Arjuna award.
2. Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza, born November 15, 1986, is an Indian tennis player. She started her tennis career in 2003. In 2004 she was awarded the Arjuna award by the Indian Government. She is known for her powerful forehand ground strokes
Mirza was born to a sports journalist, Imran Mirza and her mother Nasima in Mumbai. She was brought up in Hyderabad in a religious Muslim family. Mirza began playing tennis at the age of six, turning professional in 2003. She was trained by her father, as well as her other family members. She went to Nasr school in Hyderabad and later graduated from St. Mary's College.
In April 2003, Mirza made her debut in the India Fed Cup team, winning all three singles matches. Mirza won the 2003 Wimbledon Championships Girls' Doubles title, teaming up with Alisa Kleybanova of Russia.
Mirza is the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India, with a career high ranking of 27 in singles and 18 in doubles. She holds the distinction of being the first Indian woman to be seeded in a Grand Slam tennis tournament. Earlier in 2005, she had become the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament at the 2005 U.S. Open, defeating Mashona Washington, Maria Elena Camerin and Marion Bartoli. In 2004, she finished runner-up at the Asian Tennis Championship. In winning, with Mahesh Bhupathi, the Mixed Doubles event at the 2009 Australian Open, she became the first Indian woman to win any grand slam event.
In 2005, Mirza reached the third round of the Australian Open, losing to eventual champion Serena Williams. On February 12, 2005, she became the first Indian woman to win a WTA singles title, defeating Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine in the Hyderabad Open Finals. As of September 2006, Mirza has notched up three top 10 wins; against Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Martina Hingis. At the 2006 Doha Asian Games, Mirza won the silver in the women's singles category and the gold in the mixed doubles partnering Leander Paes. She was also part of the Indian women's team that won the silver in the team event.In 2006, Mirza was awarded a Padma Shri, India's fourth highest honor for her achievements as a Tennis player.