Serena Williams Is Now the World's Highest Paid Female Athlete

US player Serena Williams celebrates after winning her women's semi-final match against Netherlands' Kiki Bertens at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 3, 2016. / AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

It took long enough, but Serena Williams has surpassed Maria Sharapova and is now the highest paid female athlete in the world after earning a whopping $28.9 million in the past 12 months.

Sharapova had held the top spot for 11 years, but has seen her earnings fall to $21.9 million–down almost $8 million from last year–due to a doping scandal that was unveiled in March.

The UFC’s Ronda Rousey came in third on the list, while NASCAR driver Danica Patrick sits in fourth.

Congrats Serena!

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