Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – Serena Williams top Forbes’ list of highest-paid female athletes for the fourth year in a raw.
The 23-year grand slam singles champion earned 29.2 million U.S. dollars for 12 months to June 1, only 4.2. million dollars of which was in prize money.
Naomi Osaka became just the fourth woman to earn more than 20 million U.S. dollars in a year after Williams, Maria Sharapova and Li Na.
The young Japanese star’s earnings leap to 24.3 million dollars on the back of her first two grand slam titles at the U.S. Open and the Australian Opne.
Osaka, who is of Japanese and Haitian heritage but has lived in the United States for most of her life, is seen as one of the most commercially attractive sports star.
Tennis players once again dominated the list, with last year’s Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in third ahead of this year’s SW19 winner Simona Halep.
The Highest-placed athlete from another sport was United States footballer Alex Morgan in 12th, who earned 5.8 million U.S. dollars, nearly of in endorsements.
- Serena Williams – $29.2 million / Tennis
- Naomi Osaka – $24.3 million / Tennis
- Angelique Kerber – $11.8 million / Tennis
- Simona Halep – $ 10.2 million / Tennis
- Slone Stephens – $9.6 million /Tennis
- Caroline Wozniacki – $7.5 million /Tennis
- Maria Sharapova – $ 7 million /Tennis
- Karolina Pliskova – $6.3 million /Tennis
- Elina Svitolina – $ 6.1 million /Tennis
- Venus Williams – $5.9 million / Tennis
- Garbine Muguruza – $5.9 million / Tennis
- Alex Morgan – $5.8 million / Football.