Serena tops Forbes list as highest-paid female athlete

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23-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams

U.S. tennis superstar Serena Williams topped Forbes magazine’s list of the highest-paid women in sports for the fourth straight year on Tuesday.

Forbes compiled its list based on prize money, salaries, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees between June 1 2018 and June 1 this year

With estimated total earnings of $29.2 million, Serena topped the list with just $4.2 million of that from prize money.

Naomi Osaka’s Grand Slam title wins at the U.S. and Australian Opens have helped catapult the Japanese tennis player up to second on the list, earning $24.3 million.

The list is dominated by tennis players.

Former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber was third with earnings of $11.8 million, followed by this year’s Wimbledon champion, Simona Halep.

The highest-placed athlete from a different sport was U.S. football player Alex Morgan, who clocked in at 12th with $5.8 million, mostly from endorsements.

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu and Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn were the other non-tennis players in the top 15.

 

Chidi Nwoke.