Forbes' Highest-Paid Female Athlete 2019: This Indian athlete made it in the top 15; Serena Williams tops the list
Updated : 2019-08-08 11:19:18
Naomi Osaka's Grand Slam title wins at the US 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 No. 63. 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. 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.