9 out of 10: WTA dominates Forbes highest-paid female athletes list

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Earlier this year Forbes announced that Naomi Osaka had become the highest-paid female athlete in history. This week Forbes released its top 10 highest-paid female athletes list, which demonstrates the WTA's dominance of women's sport in terms of earning potential.

WTA players have completely dominated Forbes list of the highest-paid female athletes for 2020. Nine of the lists’ top 10 are WTA stars, with 22-year-old Naomi Osaka topping the list thanks to a record $37.4 million haul, earned during the 52-week period beginning on June 1, 2019.

In May, Forbes announced that World No 10 Osaka had become the highest-paid female athlete in history. The Japanese megastar, who earned $34 million in endorsements over the 52-week period, eclipsed the all-time record set by Maria Sharapova in 2015. Osaka has also fared well against the men. She currently ranks 29th on Forbes’ list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes for 2020, 11 spots in front of her fellow Japanese star, Kei Nishikori. 

Osaka isn’t far ahead of Serena Williams, who earned $36 million in the same time period, with $32 million of her total coming from endorsements. Williams ranks 33rd on the overall list.

Ashleigh Barty, thanks to her $4.42 million paycheck at last year’s WTA Finals in Shenzhen, ranks third on the female list, with $13.1 million earned. 

Below are the top 10 female earners: 

Naomi Osaka

  • Total Earnings: $37.4 million
  • Prize Money: $3.4 million
  • Endorsements: $34 million

Serena Williams 

  • Total Earnings: $36 million
  • Prize Money: $4 million
  • Endorsements: $32 million

Ash Barty 

  • Total Earnings: $13.1 million
  • Prize Money: $10.1 million
  • Endorsements: $3 million

Simona Halep

  • Total Earnings: $10.9 million
  • Prize Money: $6.9 million
  • Endorsements: $4 million

Bianca Andreescu

  • Total Earnings: $8.9 million
  • Prize Money: $4.9 million
  • Endorsements: $4 million

Garbiñe Muguruza

  • Total Earnings: $6.6 million
  • Prize Money: $2.1 million
  • Endorsements: $4.5 million

Elina Svitolina

  • Total Earnings: $6.4 million
  • Prize Money: $5.4 million
  • Endorsements: $1 million

Sofia Kenin 

  • Total Earnings: $5.8 million
  • Prize Money: $4.8 million
  • Endorsements: $1 million

Angelique Kerber 

  • Total Earnings: $5.3 million
  • Prize Money: $1.3 million
  • Endorsements: $4 million

Alex Morgan (Soccer)

  • Total Earnings: $4.6 million
  • Salary/bonus: $400,000
  • Endorsements: $4.2 million

 

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