Naomi Osaka topples Serena Williams as highest-paid female athlete with new all-time earnings record
It was a case for two for the price of one for Naomi Osaka over the past 12 months as she beat Serena Williams to the title of highest-paid female athlete while she also broke Maria Sharapova’s record for most earnings during a single year.
According to Forbes, Osaka racked up $37.4 million (about £31m) to end 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams’ four-year run at the top as Williams earned $1.4 million (about £1m) less than the Japanese star.
Osaka, who won the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open, also broke five-time major winner Sharapova’s record for highest earnings during the period.
Sharapova made $29.7 million (£24.4m) during the 2015 season while the $29.2m (£24m) that Williams earned last year was the previous next best milestone.
Osaka is managed by the IMG group and her major sponsors include All Nippon Airway, Nike, Nissan Motors, Procter & Gamble Shiseido and Yonex.
The $37.4m helped Osaka to rank No 29 in the Forbes list for 100 highest-paid athletes with Williams four spots below. The duo are the only two women in the top 100, which is the first time since 2016 that two women have featured on the list.
Williams still tops the all-time Forbes list for highest-earning female athlete as she her net worth is roughly $300m (about £247m) with $92m (£75m) coming from career-prize money earnings.
Iga Swiatek keeps rising and has the potential to become a dominant figure on the WTA Tour
Oli Jefford on Iga Swiatek’s rise.
‘Tremendous player’ Kim Clijsters to resume her comeback as she accepts Miami and Charleston wildcards
Kim Clijsters set to feature in Miami and Charleston.
‘Motivated’ Garbine Muguruza shows fighting spirit as she beats defending Doha champion Aryna Sabalenka
Muguruza ends Sabalenka’s Doha title defence.
Andy Murray set to compete in Dubai and Miami events as he hints at playing full-clay court season
Andy Murray on his next few events.
Andy Murray shows real signs of promise despite defeat to Andrey Rublev
There were certainly encouraging signs for Andy Murray.
Angry Andy Murray loses to world number eight Andrey Rublev in Rotterdam
The three-time grand slam winner was beaten 7-5, 6-2.
ATP announces ‘Covid Protection Ranking’ amid ongoing restrictions
ATP announces new system and some tweaks to other systems.
WATCH: Turning his back on play, brilliant winners, racket smashing from Daniil Medvedev as he loses
Daniil Medvedev entertains, even when he loses.
‘I just don’t feel well here’ – Alexander Zverev’s Rotterdam woes continue as he bemoans early exit
Early exit for Alexander Zverev in Rotterdam.
As football’s VAR struggles continue, tennis celebrates 15 years of Hawk-Eye’s electronic line calling system
Hawk-Eye in tennis, some like it, some don’t.