Naomi Osaka is world’s highest-paid female athlete; two women in top 100
Naomi Osaka supplanted Serena Williams as the world’s highest-paid female athlete. They are the only two women on the list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes, according to Forbes.
Osaka, the 22-year-old who won the 2018 U.S. Open and 2019 Australian Open, earned $37.4 million in prize money and endorsements in the last year, $1.4 million more than Williams and an all-time record for a female athlete, breaking Maria Sharapova‘s record $29.7 million in 2015, according to the report.
Forbes put Osaka No. 29 and Williams No. 33 on its annual list of 100 highest-paid athletes, which it will release in full next week. In 2017, 2018 and 2019, there was either one or zero female athletes in the top 100.
A tennis player has been the highest-paid female athlete on the list (when there has been a woman on the list) every year for the last two decades, including an 11-year run for Sharapova and Venus Williams and Martina Hingis before that.
Osaka reached No. 1 in the world after the 2019 Australian Open that January. She is now ranked No. 10, having lost in the third round, first round, fourth round and third round of the last four Grand Slams.
She is one of Japan’s most well known athletes going into the Tokyo Olympics, five years after being among the highest-ranked eligible female singles players to not make the Rio Olympic field.
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