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Serena tops Sharapova as world’s highest paid sportswoman

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Tennis player Serena Williams has beat rival tennis star Maria Sharapova to become the top-paid female sportswoman in the world, Forbes reported Monday.

Two days after her stunning loss to Garbine Muguruza in the French Open final, Serena Williams has scored a different win, with Forbes reporting she has overtaken Maria Sharapova as the world’s highest-paid sportswoman.

Williams earned $US28.9 million ($39.23 million) over the past 12 months, the financial magazine reported in an article posted on its website.

Russian tennis star Sharapova had held the title for the past 11 years.

Williams, 34, has dominated her sport for more than a decade. She won her second major in 2002 before going on to win 19 more since then.

After falling at Roland Garros on Saturday, she vowed to keep trying to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 grand slam titles.

Williams’s career prize money of $US77.6 million amounts to more than twice as much as any other sportswoman’s.

However, Sharapova dominated in endorsement profits before companies including Nike, American Express, Porsche and TAG Heuer distanced themselves after she tested positive for the recently banned drug meldonium earlier this year.

Sharapova earned $US21.9 million over the past 12 months, down almost $US8 million from the previous year, Forbes said.

American mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey was third on the list with $US14 million, just ahead of NASCAR stock car driver Danica Patrick, who earned $US13.9 million.

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National cricket players to get Rs.3 lakhs each

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has announced to provide Rs 300,000 each to the team members of the national cricket team.

Felicitating the cricketers at the PM’s official residence in Baluwatar on Monday, the PM announced the cash prize to the Nepali cricketers and coaches for their outstanding performance in the recently held ICC World Cricket League Competition organized in Namibia.

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The amount would be handed over to the cricketers on coming Friday. The Nepali players are leaving here for Zimbabwe coming Saturday for the World Cup Qualifier Games.

The PM will bid farewell to the Nepali cricketers along with the cash prize on the same day.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Madan Bhandari Sports Academy Binod Shrestha announced to provide Rs 100,000 each to the Nepali cricketers and coaches.

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