Hyderabad: Tennis star from Japan Naomi Osaka has become the world’s highest-paid female athlete dethroning legend Serena Williams, with the earnings of $37.4 million (34.3 million euros) in the past 12 months.
The 22-year-old broke the previous record for the most earnings in a year set by Russia’s Maria Sharapova’s record of $29.7 million in 2015. According to the Forbes magazine, the two-time Grand Slam champion, edged past US’ Serena Williams by $1.4 million in prize money and endorsement income over the past year.
Osaka, whose father was born in Haiti and whose mother is Japanese, ranks 29th on the 2020 Forbes list of the world’s 100 top-paid athletes, four spots ahead of Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles. The complete list, due to be released next week, has not featured two women since 2016, according to the magazine. Williams, 38, had been the world’s highest-paid female athlete in each of the past four years. Sharapova ruled for the five years before that.