US tennis superstar Serena Williams topped Forbes magazine’s list of the highest paid women in sports for the fourth straight year on Tuesday while PV Sindhu was the only Indian as well as badminton player in the list of 15 names.
Eleven of the 15 women on the highest paid list were tennis players. The highest placed athlete from a different sport was US footballer Alex Morgan, who clocked in at 12th. Morgan earned $5.8 million, most of it in endorsements. Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn were the other non-tennis players in the top 15.
Forbes included prize money, salaries, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019 in the figures.
The business publication calculated that the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena earned $29.2 million in the 12-month period ending June 1 – with just $4.2 million of that coming from prize money.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who burst to international stardom with a stunning upset of Williams in the 2018 US Open final and went on to win the Australian Open in January, became just the fourth woman to earn more than $20 million in a year – after Williams and tennis stars Maria Sharapova and Li Na.
Forbes pegged Osaka’s earnings at $24.3 million, putting her second on a list dominated by tennis players.
Former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber was third on the list with earnings of $11.8 million followed by this year’s Wimbledon champion Simona Halep
The Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2019
|Athlete||Sport||Total earnings (Prize Money + Endorsements)|
|Serena Williams||Tennis||$29.2 million|
|Naomi Osaka||Tennis||$24.3 million|
|Angelique Kerber||Tennis||$11.8 million|
|Simona Halep||Tennis||$10.2 million|
|Sloane Stephens||Tennis||$9.6 million|
|Caroline Wozniacki||Tennis||$7.5 million|
|Maria Sharapova||Tennis||$7 million|
|Karolina Pliskova||Tennis||$6.3 million|
|Elina Svitolina||Tennis||$6.1 million|
|Venus Williams (tie)||Tennis||$5.9 million|
|Garbine Muguruza (tie)||Tennis||$5.9 million|
|Alex Morgan||Football||$5.8 million|
|PV Sindhu (tie)||Badminton||$5.5 million|
|Madison Keys (tie)||Tennis||$5.5 million|
|Ariya Jutanugarn||Golf||$5.3 million|
With AFP Inputs