Osaka tops Serena on Forbes’ list of sports annual earnings

  • Osaka tops Serena on Forbes’ list of sports annual earnings

Osaka tops Serena on Forbes’ list of sports annual earnings

Osaka, 22, earned $37.4 million in prize money and endorsements over the last 12 months, supplanting Williams as the highest-paid female athlete in the world, according to Forbes.

Naomi Osaka already beat Serena Williams on the tennis court.

Both shattered the old single-year earnings mark of $29.7 million set in 2015 by Russia's Maria Sharapova, who retired in February with five Grand Slam titles, including a career Slam.

Osaka beat Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open final and then added the 2019 Australian Open title, allowing her to become the first player from Asia to be No. 1 in the women's or men's tennis rankings.

Osaka has been a marketing gold mine in her native Japan and around the world.

Osaka's money move snaps a four-year streak for Williams, who had been the world's highest-paid female athlete since 2016.

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

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

That made her the first Asian player to reach number one in the rankings and earned her more than $4 million in prize money, although her plans to represent her country and brands including USA multinational Procter and Gamble at this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo have been put on hold by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nike signed an apparel deal with Osaka last year that paid her $10 million in the past year and runs through 2025.

29 overall, with Williams at No. 33, on Forbes' annual list of the 100 top-earning athletes. The 38-year-old, 23-time Grand Slam victor did just fine, earning $36 million for the second-biggest payday ever for a female athlete. "Her achievement is only relevant because she surpassed Serena", said one, referring to the veteran's incredible collection of 39 Grand Slam titles.