Naomi Osaka breaks Maria Sharapova record after ousting Serena Williams to become highest female tennis earner in history
Naomi Osaka breaks Maria Sharapova record after ousting Serena Williams to become highest female tennis earner in history

Japanese tennis star, Naomi Osaka has become the world’s highest-paid female tennis player, superseding US opponent Serena Williams at the top of the list.

The 22-year-old also broke Maria Sharapova’s previous record for a female athlete which was set in 2015 when she totaled $29.7 million.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 19: Naomi Osaka of Japan plays a forehand in her first round match against Donna Vekic of Croatia during day two of the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images)

According to Forbes magazine, Osaka, a two-time Grand Slam champion, made £30.7m in prize money and endorsements over the past 12 months, setting a new record. That was £1.15m more than the amount earned by 38-year-old Williams.

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Williams, a 23-time grand slam champion, has been the highest-paid female athlete for the last four years — earning between $18 million to $29 million.

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Osaka ranks at No. 29 in the Forbes top-100 highest-paid athletes in 2020, ahead of Serena Williams who sits 33rd. It’s the first time since 2016 that two female athletes have been ranked in Forbes’ top-100 best-paid athletes list. 

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