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Old 08-02-2011, 11:15 PM   #1
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Forbes Top Paid Female Athletes

Maria Sharapova


Tennis star Maria Sharapova topped Forbes list of the highest paid female athletes for the 7th straight year. The three-time Major winner and 2011 Wimbledon finalist and Roland Garros semifinalist earned $25 million in prizemoney, endorsements, appearance fee and exhibitions. Her Nike contract was extended for 8 years, with her sales up 26% in 2010. Her Cole Haan ballet flat is that subsidiary of Nike’s biggest selling shoe. She also endorses Tag Heuer, Tiffany, Sony Ericsson, Evian, Head Racquets and Clear Shampoo. She has over 5.2 million Facebook followers (including me ).

Caroline Wozniacki


7 of the top 9 best paid female athletes are tennis players. If Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams had not missed significant time due to injury the past year, they probably would have higher totals. Serena missed the 2010 US Open, 2011 Australian Open and 2011 Roland Garros. After starting 2011 by winning the Australian Open Clijsters went into Roland Garros with an injury and was bounced early. The same injury caused her to missed Wimbledon. Li Na’s great play reaching the final of the 2011 Australian Open and winning Roland Garros propelled her to add several sponsors including Mercedes-Benz and Haagen-Dazs to her existing Nike sponsorship.

Paula Creamer


The LPGA was represented in the top 10 by Paula Creamer, the Pink Panther.

Top 10 women earners

1. Maria Sharapova $25 million (Russia, tennis)
2. Caroline Wozniacki $12.5 million (Denmark, tennis)
3. Danica Patrick $12 million (U.S., motor racing)
4. Venus Williams $11.5 million (U.S., tennis)
5. Kim Clijsters $11 million (Belgium, tennis)
6. Serena Williams $10.5 million (U.S., tennis)
7. Kim Yeon-A $10 million (figure skating, South Korea)
8. Li Na $8 million (China, tennis)
9. Ana Ivanovic $6 million (Serbia, tennis)
10. Paula Creamer $5.5 million (U.S., golf)
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:45 AM   #2
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Princess Sparkle Pony coming in at #3 is an absolute farce. She makes Cristie Kerr look friendly. Good thing NASCAR will be stuck with her next year. The most over-rated auto racer EVER.

And yes, I do have personal experience to say this.
So,you're not a fan of Danica,eh ?

The most over-rated auto racer EVER has made the list,but it's good to see the most over-rated golfer EVER hasn't...

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Old 08-03-2011, 06:57 AM   #3
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This article from June that was linked to the Forbes list has some insight into why Yani and other non-American golfers aren't raking in endorsement dollars the way Paula Creamer and other American golfers have.

It doesn't mention that Yani is not exactly Miss giggly Pretty in Pink who spends her spare time at the Macy's make-up counter comparing shades of nail polish.





Sports Business
Teeing Off For Taiwan
Ralph Jennings, 06.06.11, 6:00 PM ET

A 22-year-old female golf whiz from Taiwan? As unlikely as that sounds, Yani Tseng has been the world's No. 1 woman golfer since February. She's already won more major championships than Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods claimed at the same age. Unlike most of her peers, she refuses to get nervous on the greens. Her swing reveals no technical flaws. And her patriotism is just as impressive. Last year she rejected a Chinese firm that offered her a five-year, $25 million sponsorship in exchange for switching her citizenship from Taiwan to China.


Tseng's list of accomplishments on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour would leave an awards ceremony emcee out of breath. In 2009, for example, she became the fastest ever to hit the $2 million mark in career earnings, taking just over 13 months. Last year she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship and took the top spot in the Women's British Open. She placed second at this year's Kraft Nabisco, after Stacy Lewis, but kept her world No. 1 perch on the authoritative Rolex Rankings.


Despite her wins, Tseng's gender and nationality make it hard to score sponsors in male-driven professional golf, a field where the U.S. generates $61 billion of the $70 billion spent annually around the world. She is simply less visible than U.S. stars when vying for the commercial deals that would cover training, travel and daily expenses in the absence of a salary. "Even when Annika Sorenstam of Sweden was the best player in the world, she had trouble securing endorsement contracts," says Tim Newman, a professor of sports management at York College of Pennsylvania. "I think any female athlete, specifically a golfer or tennis player, no matter how good they are, will have a hard time getting endorsements because the sports do not garner as much prize money or media attention as their male counterparts."


Tseng has seven sponsors. EVA Airways of Taiwan pays for international flights. She represents investment bank Taishin Holdings and HSBC Taiwan at golf clinics and other events. Adams Golf, Lacoste and Titleist supply clothing or equipment. The Reignwood Group, a Beijing company with businesses ranging from drinks to financial services, will host two nontournament golf days in Beijing for her. Tseng's handlers won't estimate the value of those contracts but emphasize that prize money is paying the bills. The LPGA puts her 2011 earnings at $570,478 as of May 19, and she had enough in 2009 to buy a house in Florida once owned by Sorenstam. Her agents acknowledge, however, that Tseng is on the hunt for more sponsorships and advertising deals.


Another handicap: Golf remains marginal in Taiwan, especially compared with long-dominant baseball, which gets constant television play for local and U.S. games. Pitcher Wang Chien- Ming had deals with personal computer maker Acer and the E Sun Bank, both from his homeland Taiwan, as well as with overseas giants Nike and McDonald's, when he played for the New York Yankees. He would appear on Taiwanese TV every time he started a game and grab front-page newspaper headlines before he lost his edge in 2008.


But by enjoying each game with a child's passion, Tseng forgets about the competition, the media or the sponsorship money. "While everyone is focusing on her shotmaking ability and amazing talent, there's something else that really stands out, and that is her emotional control both on and off the golf course," says U.S.-based mental-toughness author and consultant Steve Siebold. "At only 22 the pressures of the paparazzi, screaming fans and always being in the limelight can be even more difficult than the actual competition on the course."


One advantage was Tseng's early start that turned golf into a childhood habit associated with positive, familial vibes. She has practiced since age 5 after her mother, a caddie, and her father, an amateur golfer, began taking her to driving ranges near their home in the hills west of Taipei. Golf lessons would take up to five hours a day after school. (Her older brother and younger sister are not golfers.) It's little wonder why Tseng now plots to open her own school that would combine sports with classroom education. But for at least the next five years she plans to keep golfing, assuming no injuries. "You need a goal," she says. "I wanted to be at the same tournament with Annika, and that motivated me to progress. If you've got a dream, you've got to carry it out." That was in 2001. She and Sorenstam, one of the best female golfers ever, with 72 LPGA wins, met in 2008. Tseng won.


She is just as focused on the golf course. "Most girls get pretty nervous," says caddie Jason Hamilton, who chats with her between holes about the sport as well as her fondness for photography and karaoke singing. "But even on big occasions she's not nervous. She gets excited but not nervous."


Tseng's ranking alone will eventually attract sponsors, sports analysts predict, but her top berth is hardly secure. She leads an increasingly crowded field of Asian female golfers after overcoming former No. 1 Jiyai Shin of South Korea four months ago. Last month 7 of the top 20 LPGA golfers were Asian and 19 of the top 50 were from South Korea, Japan, China or Taiwan. Younger players are no novelty, either. Tseng has been compared with No. 9-ranked Michelle Wie, a Korean-American woman of the same age who was the youngest golfer ever to qualify for an LPGA tournament but who has irked fans with boastful comments and has seen her game falter after she entered the men's tour.


Tseng's fame will bring an LPGA tournament to Taiwan in October, and the proud island government predicts that the event will get Tseng more sponsorship offers from local companies. "It's not a coincidence that this year the LPGA Tour will feature new tournaments in Taiwan and China," says LPGA spokesman David Higdon. "The interest level in the LPGA Tour is increasing there, and that's due in large part to Yani's influence."
Tseng says she tries not to "think too much" about sponsorships, preferring to work on her stroke instead. But she acknowledges efforts to raise her profile. "I need to keep studying how to act toward the media, toward fans," a tired but rapidly speaking Tseng said by phone in April after the Kraft Nabisco tournament in Florida.


She may already have what it takes to turn up the limelight. A growing grasp of English that she learns bit by bit on the tour and a natural smile make Tseng popular among Westerners, while her innocent full attention to learning new things should get her over any rough patches, those who know her say. One key lesson absorbed: how to handle the pressure of coming from behind to win. "She likes to study. She's like a sponge," says Eily Ho, Tseng's friend and chairwoman of the Chinese Taipei Soft Golf Association. "Each time around she becomes more mature."
Young Guns

Tseng isn't the only Asian making her mark on the LPGA tour.
Jiyai Shin
SOUTH KOREA, AGE: 23
WORLD RANK: 2
2010 world No. 1. Has eight wins on tour, including Women's British Open. SPONSORS: Mirae Asset Global Investments; Dow Chemical; Mizuno.
Na Yeon Choi
SOUTH KOREA, AGE: 23
WORLD RANK: 5
2010 top money-winner and scorer on tour. Four LPGA wins. Nicknamed "the Big Apple" for initials. SPONSORS: SK Telecom; Titleist.
I.K. Kim
SOUTH KOREA, AGE: 22
WORLD RANK: 6
Three victories on tour. Donated winning check from Lorena Ochoa Invitational to charity. SPONSORS: Hana Financial Group; Ping.
Ai Miyazato
JAPAN, AGE: 25
WORLD RANK: 7
Broke out with five wins in 2010, most on tour. Briefly ranked world No. 1 last year. SPONSORS: Honda; Oakley.
Inbee Park
SOUTH KOREA, AGE: 22
WORLD RANK: 11
Became youngest ever to win U.S. Women's Open, in 2008, at age 19. Also won U.S. Girls Junior title in 2002. SPONSORS: SK Telecom.
Research: Monte Burke.

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Old 08-03-2011, 09:42 AM   #4
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I don't follow NASCAR at ALL, but of course I know who Danica Patrick is just because of all the hype. She's always struck me as kind of a spoiled brat, "look at me" type. The American sponsors for this sport are just like they are for the LPGA - we'll endorse an American first because she's from America - never mind the attitude or record. I'd like to challenge her to getting around Calgary in rush hour - then she might earn her dollars!
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:29 AM   #5
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Yani is a nice young lady and let's her clubs do her talking.

Most casual golfers unfortunately don't care much about Yani because she lacks the model type looks.

But that's ok.....assuming Yani only plays for only 5 more yrs she likely accumulate $10M+ in earnings in addition to sponsorship money and what she has already accumulated.

She'll be able to walk away from golf at 27...assuming she watches her money....a wealthy person....not too shabby at all.

I'm confident most of us only had a net worth of maybe $30-$100 at 27 yrs.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:33 AM   #6
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I think Caroline W should be a fashion advisor for some LPGA gals. Nice classic evening gown and shoes. From the Evian gala dinner.....Morgan and Amanda if you see the above picture of Caroline....take note....your shoes at the the Evian were butt ugly.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:24 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Mr3putt View Post
Yani is a nice young lady and let's her clubs do her talking.

Most casual golfers unfortunately don't care much about Yani because she lacks the model type looks.

But that's ok.....assuming Yani only plays for only 5 more yrs she likely accumulate $10M+ in earnings in addition to sponsorship money and what she has already accumulated.

She'll be able to walk away from golf at 27...assuming she watches her money....a wealthy person....not too shabby at all.

I'm confident most of us only had a net worth of maybe $30-$100 at 27 yrs.
Yani's got a few strikes against her with western golf fans. She doesn't have model good looks and she's Chinese. However, she's so far done every thing right both on the course and off, which is very difficult to do for a person in the public spotlight. She could parlay that into some lucrative sponsorship deals down the road. Look for her to put her name behind the language institute where she learned English, for example. And hopefully Adams golf is paying her well.
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Originally Posted by Mr3putt View Post
But that's ok.....assuming Yani only plays for only 5 more yrs she likely accumulate $10M+ in earnings in addition to sponsorship money and what she has already accumulated.

She'll be able to walk away from golf at 27...assuming she watches her money....a wealthy person....not too shabby at all.
I'm not worried about her future. She is doing just fine.
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Why would she only play til 27?
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I was only saying IF she decided to stop playing in 5 years Yani will be a very young lady.
She'll likely play for some time.

Yani might be thinking now about building another trophy cabinet....but 72 LPGA wins is still so far away....the competition is getting harder and harder with each year that passes.
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