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New Delhi, 23 May: Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has become the world’s highest-paid female athlete, beating American great Serena Williams.
According to Forbes magazine, Osaka has earned $ 37.4 million in prize money and from support over the past 12 months, $1.4 million more from Serena Williams. With this, Osaka has set an all-time earnings record for a female athlete in the same year.
However, Maria Sharapova previously set a record in 2015 with $ 29.7 million.
Forbes started tracking the income of female athletes in 1990, after which every year tennis players have topped the annual list. Two-time Grand Slam champion Osaka is ranked 29th on the 2020 Forbes list of the 100 top-grossing athletes in the world, while Williams is no 33.
Osaka, winner of the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open, has made lucrative deals with global brands such as Procter & Gamble, All Nippon Airways and Nisin.
However, Williams, who has been the world’s highest-grossing female athlete in the last four years, has an annual pre-tax income of $ 18 million to $ 29 million. The 23-time Grand Slam champion has collected nearly $ 300 million during her career.