Naomi Osaka Is Now The Highest Paid Female Athlete
Two years after beating Serena Williams at the Open final and winning her very first Grand Slam, table tennis player, Naomi Osaka has once again set a record with the most earnings made by a female athlete in a year. Over the last year, Osaka has earned 37.4 million dollars from the prize money, as well as endorsements –1.4 million dollars more than Williams. This surpasses Maria Sharapova who in 2015 held the record with 29.7 million dollars.
This puts Naomi Osaka on the 29th spot in the list of highest-paid athletes in the world while Serena Williams ranks number 33. It’s also the first time in four years that two female athletes have made the 100 highest-paid athletes list.
With the younger athlete seemingly taking the world of sports by storm, she has put an end to the winning streak for Serena who in the past four years has been the most paid female athlete in the world. Throughout her career, the 38-year-old has made about 300 million dollars from endorsements, including the Kobe Bryant backed brand Body Armor.
Defeating Williams at the U.S. Open in 2018, jumpstarted Osaka’s career as one of the most marketable female athletes. Other factors that led to her rise on the chart include her mixed heritage –with her Haitian-American father and a Japanese mother –and her likeable personality. In 2016, she got into the WTA top forty and by 2018, won her first major title at Indian Wells. In the year that followed, she became the first Asian player to win a Grand Slam as well as the first to be ranked No. 1 worldwide.
Naomi Osaka’s choice to represent Japan has made her widely sought after by different Olympic Sponsors and before the coronavirus outbreak, she was also to be one of the faces for the year’s Olympics.
We will see what the future holds for this talented athlete.