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Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams top list of highest-earning sportswomen

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World Tennis Association star Naomi Osaka has been rated as the highest earning sportswoman in the world.

She is closely followed by tennis rival Serena Williams, a research by US business magazine Forbes, has revealed.

Tennis players have topped the rich list for years, with nine women involved in the sport leading the highest-earning sportswomen list for the past year.

Osaka is the highest earner with $37.4m (£26.3m) in the past year, while Serena Williams earned $36m (£27.2m).

In third-place is Ashleigh Barty with an income of $13.1m (£9.9m), with USWNT player Alex Morgan being the only athlete from outside tennis in the top 10.

Morgan has an income of $4.6m (£3.5m), which came through endorsements, as she birthed her first child in May.

Meanwhile, Osaka and Williams have both broken the previous record for annual earnings by a female athlete.

The previous record was held by Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, whose income was $29.7m (£22.3m) in 2015.

Forbes calculated the income of the sportswomen for the year under review, starting 1 June 2019 to 1 June 2020.

See the top 10 highest earning sportswomen below:

Top 10 highest-earning sportswomen*


RankNameSportEarnings
1Naomi OsakaTennis$37.4m (£26.3m)
2Serena WilliamsTennis$36m (£27.2m)
3Ashleigh BartyTennis$13.1m (£9.9m)
4Simona HalepTennis$10.9m (£8.2m)
5Bianca AndreescuTennis$8.9m (£6.7m)
6Garbine MuguruzaTennis$6.6m (£5m)
7Elina SvitolinaTennis$6.4m (£4.8m)
8Sofia KeninTennis$5.8m (£4.4m)
9Angelique KerberTennis$5.3m (£4m)
10Alex MorganFootball$4.6m (£3.5m)
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