Naomi Osaka becomes world’s highest-earning female athlete

23 Mai, 2020, 01:53 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Naomi Osaka: Japanese tennis star becomes world's highest-paid female athlete

Despite not now holding a Grand Slam title and slipping to 10th in the women's tennis rankings, the former world number one registered the most lucrative ever year for a sportswoman in 2019, earning $1.4 million more than Williams, Forbes reported.

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has become the world's highest-paid female athlete, making $37.4 million (34.3 million euros) in the past 12 months for an earnings record, Forbes magazine reported Friday.

Williams had led the way among women each of the past four years.

According to Forbes magazine, Osaka, 22, a two-time Grand Slam champion, made £30.7m in prize money and endorsements over the past 12 months.

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 full list is set to be released next week. Sharapova ruled for the five years before that.

She had never made the list of top 100 highest-paid athletes - both male and female - previously but her takings since June 2019 now place her 29th overall, with Williams the only other woman to feature in 33rd.

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Williams had annual incomes from $18 million to $29 million and has collected almost $300 million, much of it in endorsement deals.

She famously beat Williams at the US Open in 2018 to claim her maiden major before doubling her haul at the Australian Open the following year.

The result has been major endorsement deals secured this past year, and she now has 15 partners, including global brands like Nike, Nissan Motor, Shiseido and Yonex.

Roger Federer was the highest earner in the sport previous year, collecting an astonishing $93.4 million that included enormous backing from the likes of clothing line Uniqlo, with whom he has a $300 million long-term deal.

Osaka's many fans are clued into her vast wealth, as the world No. 10 posted from a private jet earlier this month.

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