Naomi Osaka Beats Serena Williams to Top Highest Paid Female Athletes List

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Two time Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka has upstaged Serena Williams to become the world’s highest-paid female athlete, according to Forbes Magazine. 

The 22-year old Japanese Star earned £30.7m in prize money and endorsements over the past 12 months, which was £1.15m more than the amount made by Williams, a 23 major winner. 

Williams had been the world’s highest-paid female athlete in each of the past four years, with Sharapova ruling for the five years before that.

Osaka and the 38-year old met in the final of 2018 US Open which the Japanese won at Flushing Meadows.

The game which earned the Japanese star her maiden Grand Slam title was highly controversial as Williams was given three code violations by the umpire, Carlos Ramos. 

The Japanese then won the 2019 Australian Open, although her form has since dipped and she has fallen from world number one to 10th on the WTA rankings.

Osaka, whose father was born in Haiti and whose mother is Japanese, is 29th on the 2020 Forbes list of the world’s 100 top-paid athletes, four spots ahead of Williams.

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