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Naomi Osaka Breaks Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams Record, to Become Highest Paid

Naomi Osaka Breaks Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams Record, to Become Highest Paid
Naomi Osaka Breaks Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams Record, to Become Highest Paid

Naomi Osaka has become the world’s highest-paid female athlete, displacing US rival 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.

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.

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.

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.

Osaka shot to prominence after beating Williams in the controversial 2018 US Open final.

Naomi Osaka Breaks Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams Record, to Become Highest Paid

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