Naomi Osaka nearly topped the Forbes' highest-earning female athlete list, slotting in at No. 2 behind fellow tennis star Serena Williams in the annual ranking of the top 10 paid sportswomen. And these ladies are not just ruling their respective sport but also raking in the moolah with their every victory. This starkly highlights the gender pay gap in sports, considering Forbes states that roughly 1,300 male athletes would easily hit that mark with their earnings.
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. The list itself includes their total earnings, prize money, endorsements, and several other means of increasing the athletes' value. It has also been revealed that the top 15 female athletes earned a cumulative $146 million, a steady rise compared to the $130 million a year ago. The business publication calculated that the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion earned $29.2 million in the 12-month period ending June 1-with just $4.2 million of that coming from prize money. Her earnings are up from US$18.1 million a year ago.
"Sindhu remains India's most marketable female athlete". Her endorsements earn her $25 million, and this number might soon go up when she launches her clothing line, S by Serena. 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.
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