With an income of $ 37.4 million last season, Naomi Osaka has surpassed the record of “Russian Doll” Maria Sharapova to become the highest-paid female athlete in a season in history.

Osaka became the highest-paid female athlete in history

According to a Forbes report, the 22-year-old Japanese tennis player Osaka has earned $ 37.4 million from bonuses and advertising and sponsorship contracts in the past 12 months, $ 1.4 million higher than the number. money that sister Serena Williams earned.

With that number, Osaka set a record for the amount of money a female athlete has earned in a year. ‘Russian doll’ Maria Sharapova previously held this record when she earned $ 29.7 million in 2015.

Osaka made huge money from last season

Osaka also ranked 29th among the top 100 highest-income athletes in 2020. Along with Serena Williams, who earned $ 36 million, Osaka became the only 2 female athletes in the top 100. This is also For the first time since 2016, this list has 2 female athletes.

The 10th-ranked WTA player became famous after defeating Serena Williams himself in the controversial 2018 US Open final, a match overshadowed by overreaction on the pitch. and before Osaka won its second consecutive Grand Slam in the Australian Open in early 2019.

Osaka’s first Grand Slam title in the US Open 2018

Osaka’s form dropped significantly after her victory in Melbourne when she failed to reach the quarterfinals in any tournament. However, the amount of money she earned continued to rise. Naomi Osaka currently has 15 sponsors, including major brands such as Nike, Nissan Motor, Shiseido, and Yonex.

Forbes statistics are based on bonuses, salaries, advertising contracts, and performance competitions over one year (from 1-6 years before 1-6 years later).

Forbes list clearly shows the dominance of the athletes in felt. Only two athletes who did not compete in the top 15 tennis were Indian badminton player PV Sindhu and Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn.