The Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has exceeded Serena Williams and becomes the world’s highest paid female athlete. The two-time winner of the Grand Slum Champion’s total is the most ever earned by a female athlete in a 12-month period.
According to the American business magazine Forbes, Naomi earned $37.4 million in prize money and endorsement, ranking as number one highest paid female athlete. She earned $1.4 million more than the famous American tennis player, Serena Williams who has been on the top of the list for the last four years.
At $29.7 million in 2015, Maria Sharapova from Russia held the record for 12-month highest earning for female athlete. Since 1990, female tennis players have always dominated the spot on Forbes’s women’s list. Williams or Sharapova led as the highest paid female athlete, back and forth ever since 2004, up until Osaka came into the picture.
Osaka burst into the spotlight after beating Williams in the 2018 US Open finals. Williams received three code violations by the umpire, in the match which was highly controversial.
Although the Japanese won the next Grand Slam, the 2019 Australian open, Osaka has dropped her form since she has fallen from world’s number one to 10th on the WTA ranking.