Tokyo: Japan’s Naomi Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam tennis champion who has helped raise awareness of mental health issues in sport, is the world’s highest-paid female athlete, according to a list published by business magazine Forbes on Thursday.
The former World No.1 earned $57.3 million over the last year. $55 million of these came from her endorsements, sponsorships and other off-court commitments. Osaka earned $2.3 million from tennis tournaments with a major portion of the amount being her prize money after winning the 2021 Australian Open.
Just below Naomi Osaka was Serena Williams with $45.9 million and she is followed by older sister Venus who earned $11.3 million. WTA Finals champion Garbine Muguruza was fifth on the list with $8.8 million while World No.1 Ashleigh Barty, finished eighth.
Other women among Forbes’ highest-paid female athletes include gymnast Simone Biles (fourth) and golfers Jin Young Ko and Nelly Korda (sixth and ninth respectively). Badminton star PV Sindhu (seventh) and basketball ace Candace Parker (tenth) also made it onto the list.