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Forbes released its list of the highest paid female atheletes of the year and Indy race car driver Danica Patrick cracked the top 10 this year at #3.

Danica raked in an estimated $12 mil in the past year. 

She’s certainly gettin’ that paper and her future looks even brighter with reports stating that she’s super close to signing a deal to drive on the NASCAR circuit.

Forbes’s rankings take into account not only the athlete’s salary, but also endorsement deals and other forms of income.

While some are saying the GoDaddy.com spokeswoman is destined to be the highest paid female athlete, she’s still behind tennis star Maria Sharapova, who won the top spot for the 7th consecutive year and #1 ranked tennis player Caroline Wozniaki from Denmark is flying high at #2. 

Check out the next page for the rest of the year’s top female athlete hustlers bringing in that loot, skrilla, C.R.E.A.M., green, flow or dough! 

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Maria Sharapova isn’t a businesswoman. She’s a business, woman! The Russian tennis player and model brought home an estimated $25 million this past year and the title of highest paid female athlete for the seventh straight year.

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Caroline Wozniacki pops what’s close enough to a collar after taking the #2 spot earning an estimated $12.5 million for the year. And while she might be #2 on the Forbes list, she is the #1 female tennis player in the world.

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Venus Williams, the elder Williams sister, earned $11.5 million and continues to be one of the best female tennis players of all time.

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Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters earned $11 million last year, giving her 11 million reasons to fist pump.

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Tennis player Serena Williams is known for playing by her own rules, whether it’s donning a sexy black catsuit at the U.S. Open or being the first African-American owner (along with her sister) of an NFL franchise (the Miami Dolphins).

She stacked $10.5 million and got the #6 spot in a year in which she battled injuries and barely played!

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South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-na earned $10 million this past year and earned the #7 spot just days before her 21st birthday. To say the future is bright for her would be an understatement.

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Chinese tennis sensation Li Na became the first Asian tennis player to win a Grand Slam tennis tournament at Roland Garros this past June and made $8 million last year. Word on the street is she could pass Sharapova next year after signing sponsorship deals worth $42 million which include Rolex, Mercedes-Benz and Haagen Dazs.

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