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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.

(Source: Reuters)

#1. Serena Williams: Total Earnings: $29.2 million. Williams, 37, plans to play through at least next year but is already planning her next act with a clothing line, S by Serena, and designs to launch jewelry and beauty products lines by the end of 2020. She also has built a venture portfolio worth more than $10 million. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#1. Serena Williams: Total Earnings: $29.2 million. Williams, 37, plans to play through at least next year but is already planning her next act with a clothing line, S by Serena, and designs to launch jewelry and beauty products lines by the end of 2020. She also has built a venture portfolio worth more than $10 million. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#2. Naomi Osaka: Total Earnings: $24.3 million. Nike shocked the tennis world when it announced in April it secured Osaka to an endorsement deal. Most observers thought she would return to Adidas, which had Osaka under contract until her deal expired at the end of 2018. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#2. Naomi Osaka: Total Earnings: $24.3 million. Nike shocked the tennis world when it announced in April it secured Osaka to an endorsement deal. Most observers thought she would return to Adidas, which had Osaka under contract until her deal expired at the end of 2018. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#3. Angelique Kerber: Total Earnings: $11.8 million. Kerber won Wimbledon in 2018 and finished the year ranked second in the world, triggering bonuses from her partners. She renewed deals with Adidas, SAP, Generali and NetJets. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#3. Angelique Kerber: Total Earnings: $11.8 million. Kerber won Wimbledon in 2018 and finished the year ranked second in the world, triggering bonuses from her partners. She renewed deals with Adidas, SAP, Generali and NetJets. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#4. Simona Halep: Total Earnings: $10.2 million. Halep had the top prize money in the sport in 2018 and ranks fifth on the all-time list with $33 million. She won Grand Slam titles each of the past two years, triggering lucrative bonuses. The Romanian pro counts Nike, Wilson, Mercedes-Benz and Hublot among her sponsors. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#4. Simona Halep: Total Earnings: $10.2 million. Halep had the top prize money in the sport in 2018 and ranks fifth on the all-time list with $33 million. She won Grand Slam titles each of the past two years, triggering lucrative bonuses. The Romanian pro counts Nike, Wilson, Mercedes-Benz and Hublot among her sponsors. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#5. Sloane Stephens: Total Earnings: $9.6 million. Stephens reached the finals of four events last year and finished the year ranked No. 6 overall. Her Nike pact, which began last year, is one of the biggest in the sport. She showcased a tennis shoe based on the “Aqua” colorway of Nike’s retro Air Jordan VIII this summer. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#5. Sloane Stephens: Total Earnings: $9.6 million. Stephens reached the finals of four events last year and finished the year ranked No. 6 overall. Her Nike pact, which began last year, is one of the biggest in the sport. She showcased a tennis shoe based on the “Aqua” colorway of Nike’s retro Air Jordan VIII this summer. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#6. Caroline Wozniacki: Total Earnings: $7.5 million. Wozniacki won a trio of events in 2018 and ranked among the top three players during the entire year. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#6. Caroline Wozniacki: Total Earnings: $7.5 million. Wozniacki won a trio of events in 2018 and ranked among the top three players during the entire year. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#7. Maria Sharapova: Total Earnings: $7 million. Injuries limited Sharapova to only 18 matches over the past year, but she maintains a lucrative endorsement with Nike, in addition to her Porsche, Head, Evian and Tag Heuer partnerships. Sharapova invested in the UFC and skincare brand Supergoop, yet her main off-court focus is building her candy brand Sugarpova. (Image: AP) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#7. Maria Sharapova: Total Earnings: $7 million. Injuries limited Sharapova to only 18 matches over the past year, but she maintains a lucrative endorsement with Nike, in addition to her Porsche, Head, Evian and Tag Heuer partnerships. Sharapova invested in the UFC and skincare brand Supergoop, yet her main off-court focus is building her candy brand Sugarpova. (Image: AP) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#8. Karolina Pliskova: Total Earnings: $6.3 million. The Czech-born Pliskova has won four events over the past 12 months but has not reached a slam final since losing the 2016 US Open. Pliskova bumped her off-court earnings with a new contract with FILA that kicked in this year. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#8. Karolina Pliskova: Total Earnings: $6.3 million. The Czech-born Pliskova has won four events over the past 12 months but has not reached a slam final since losing the 2016 US Open. Pliskova bumped her off-court earnings with a new contract with FILA that kicked in this year. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#9. Elina Svitolina: Total Earnings: $6.1 million. Svitolina scored the biggest win of her career when she captured the WTA Finals title in Singapore to end the 2018 season. The Ukrainian-born pro pocketed $2.4 million for the win and finished the year with a No. 4 world ranking, triggering bonuses from sponsors Nike and Wilson. (Image: AP) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#9. Elina Svitolina: Total Earnings: $6.1 million. Svitolina scored the biggest win of her career when she captured the WTA Finals title in Singapore to end the 2018 season. The Ukrainian-born pro pocketed $2.4 million for the win and finished the year with a No. 4 world ranking, triggering bonuses from sponsors Nike and Wilson. (Image: AP) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#10. Venus Williams (tie): Total Earnings: $5.9 million. The 39-year-old Williams invested in wellness brand Astura and was appointed chief brand officer of the company in May. The 23-time Grand Slam champion, including doubles, launched her own YouTube channel last month focused on “fitness, tennis, wellness, design and more.” Williams can bank six-figures a pop on the speaking circuit. (Image: AP) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#10. Venus Williams (tie): Total Earnings: $5.9 million. The 39-year-old Williams invested in wellness brand Astura and was appointed chief brand officer of the company in May. The 23-time Grand Slam champion, including doubles, launched her own YouTube channel last month focused on “fitness, tennis, wellness, design and more.” Williams can bank six-figures a pop on the speaking circuit. (Image: AP) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#10. Garbine Muguruza (tie): Total Earnings: $5.9 million. Earnings fell for the two-time major winner as her ranking dropped to a recent No. 28 from second in the world at the end of 2017. She still maintains a deep endorsement roster with Adidas, Evian, Beats, Rolex and Babolat. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#10. Garbine Muguruza (tie): Total Earnings: $5.9 million. Earnings fell for the two-time major winner as her ranking dropped to a recent No. 28 from second in the world at the end of 2017. She still maintains a deep endorsement roster with Adidas, Evian, Beats, Rolex and Babolat. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#12. Alex Morgan. Total Earnings: $5.8 million. The biggest star of the U.S. Women’s National Team says she’ll be back in uniform for the 2023 World Cup and is bringing personal sponsors like Nike, Coca-Cola, Beats, AT&T, Continental Tires and Volkswagen along for the ride. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#12. Alex Morgan. Total Earnings: $5.8 million. The biggest star of the U.S. Women’s National Team says she’ll be back in uniform for the 2023 World Cup and is bringing personal sponsors like Nike, Coca-Cola, Beats, AT&T, Continental Tires and Volkswagen along for the ride. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#13. P.V. Sindhu (tie): Total Earnings: $5.5 million. Sindhu remains India’s most marketable female athlete. The badminton star has endorsements with Bridgestone, JBL, Gatorade, Panasonic and more. She became the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour finals in 2018. (Image: AP) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#13. P.V. Sindhu (tie): Total Earnings: $5.5 million. Sindhu remains India’s most marketable female athlete. The badminton star has endorsements with Bridgestone, JBL, Gatorade, Panasonic and more. She became the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour finals in 2018. (Image: AP) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#13. Madison Keys (tie): Keys reached a pair of Grand Slam finals in 2018 (French Open and U.S. Open) and won her first clay court event of her career at the Charlestown Open this year. Nike is her biggest endorsement, and she also counts Evian, Wilson and Ultimate Software as partners. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#13. Madison Keys (tie): Keys reached a pair of Grand Slam finals in 2018 (French Open and U.S. Open) and won her first clay court event of her career at the Charlestown Open this year. Nike is her biggest endorsement, and she also counts Evian, Wilson and Ultimate Software as partners. (Image: Reuters) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#15. Ariya Jutanugarn: Total Earnings: $5.3 million. Jutanugarn won the LPGA Tour’s Race to the CME Globe season-long points competition and the accompanying $1 million bonus. The Thai pro golfer has more than 10 endorsement partners, including Titleist, Toyota, KBank and Thai Airways. (Image: AP) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
#15. Ariya Jutanugarn: Total Earnings: $5.3 million. Jutanugarn won the LPGA Tour’s Race to the CME Globe season-long points competition and the accompanying $1 million bonus. The Thai pro golfer has more than 10 endorsement partners, including Titleist, Toyota, KBank and Thai Airways. (Image: AP) (Caption Credit: Forbes)
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