Serena, Osaka top Forbes list of
best-paid female athletes
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[August 07, 2019]
(Reuters) - Naomi Osaka's Grand
Slam title wins at the U.S. and Australian Opens have helped
catapult the Japanese tennis player up to second, behind Serena
Williams, in Forbes' list of the highest-paid female athletes
over the last year.
Williams, a 23-times Grand Slam champion, topped the annual list for
a fourth consecutive year with estimated total earnings of $29.2
million, the business magazine said.
Osaka's total income grew to $24.3 million, driven mainly by her
off-court earnings, soaring to an estimated $16 million from $1.5
million a year ago, but the Japanese still missed the cut for
Forbes' top 100 best-paid athletes list.
Williams is the only woman making it onto that list, coming in at
Forbes said it compiled its list based on prize money, salaries,
bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees between June 1 2018 and
June 1 this year
U.S. women's soccer player Alex Morgan is the highest-placed
non-tennis player on the women's list at number 12, with Forbes
putting her total earnings of $5.8 million.
Morgan's income, which makes her the best-paid women's soccer player
in the world, is dwarfed by that of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi,
who topped Forbes' list of the best-paid athletes over the past year
with $127 million.
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Tennis player Naomi Osaka throws out the ceremonial first pitch
before the Los Angeles Dodgers play against the Los Angeles Angels
at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY
The U.S. women's soccer team, who won a record-extending fourth
World Cup this year, have filed a lawsuit against the country's
national soccer body demanding equal compensation with their male
Of the top 15 on Forbes' list of best-paid female athletes, 12 were
tennis players. Indian badminton player P.V. Sindhu came in tied for
13th ($5.5 million), with Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn ($5.3
million) rounding out the top 15.
(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter
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