New Delhi: US tennis superstar Serena Williams topped the Forbes magazine’s list of the highest-paid women in sports for the fourth straight year while PV Sindhu was the only Indian as well as badminton player in the list of 15 names.
With total earnings of 5.5 million dollars, Sindhu is tied for the 13th place in the Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2019 list released by Forbes on Tuesday.
The list of the world’s top 15 female athletes is topped by Williams, with total earnings of USD 29.2 million.
Forbes said Williams, 37, plans to play through at least next year but is already planning her next act with a clothing line, ‘S by Serena’, and designs to launch jewellery and beauty products lines by the end of 2020. She also has built a venture portfolio worth more than USD 10 million.
The second spot has been grabbed by Naomi Osaka, who won the 2018 US Open, defeating 23-time Grand Slam champ Williams. She has total earnings of USD 24.3 million.
There are 15 female athletes who made at least USD 5 million during that time period; for comparison roughly 1,300 male athletes will hit that mark this year. The top 15 earned a cumulative USD 146 million, compared with USD 130 million last year.
Williams and Osaka both earned more than twice as much as the third-highest-paid female athlete in the world, Angelique Kerber, who pulled in USD 11.8 million from tennis.