Money, Money, Money
Compared to male athletes, the top paid female athletes still lag behind when it comes to salaries, endorsements, and overall earnings. The highest-paid female athletes are all from the sport of tennis. Venus Williams still ranks in the top ten due to her various endorsements deals and business ventures. Last year her total income was $5.9 million.
Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova
Although she is only 24, Elina Svitolina, the fifth-ranked female tennis player, was able to bank $6.1 million last year. Third-ranked Karolina Pliskova has not won a Grand Slam title and, due to her lack of experience in comparison to the Williams sisters, for example, she does not have the endorsements deals other have. Even so, her winnings came to a total of $6.3 million.
Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki
Maria Sharapova was once one of the best tennis players in the world. Due to several setbacks, including injuries, she continued playing but not at the same level as before. She still has brand endorsements, and her play also earned her some money. Last year her total pay amounted to $7 million. Caroline Wozniacki placed at No. 1 in WTA rankings in 2010 and 2011. She earned $7.5 million last year.
Sloane Stephens, Simona Halep
Sloan Stephens achieved her career-best of No. 3 ranking. She was the 2017 Open champion. She also won six WTA singles titles in her career. Stephens earned a brand endorsement contract with Nike. Last year, with her brand endorsements and tennis winnings, she brought in $9.6 million. Simona Halep is presently ranked 4th. She has been one of the most successful women’s tennis players in the last few years. Halep won the Grand Slam in 2018. When adding her endorsements with her winnings, Halep earned $10.2 million last year.
Angelique Kerber, Bainu Osaka
Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber turned pro in 2003. Since then, she has been a mainstay in Grand Slam women’s tennis. She has been able to get endorsements with Adidas, Rolex, and Porsche. Her earnings were not recorded for 2019; however, her total career earnings are just under $30 million. Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka is currently the champion in women’s singles at the Australian Open. She has been ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association. She is also the first Asian player in the top ranking in women’s singles. Her endorsements, along with her earnings, brought her $24.3 million.
Serena Williams might be considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. She has earned 23 single major titles, which is the most by any man or woman in the present era. Between 2002 and 2017 the Women’s Tennis Association ranked Williams as the world No. 1 in eight different events. She is one of the highest-paid female athletes. Last year she earned a total of $29.2 million. Aside from her tournament play, Williams has also won several Olympic gold medals – many of which she won in the doubles tournaments along with her sister, Venus Williams.
All of these women have dedicated their lives to the sport they love – their hard work has certainly paid off for each of them.