Naomi Osaka eclipses Serena Williams as highest-earning female athlete

Naomi Osaka has surpassed fellow tennis player Serena Williams to become the highest-earning female athlete in the past year, according to Forbes.

The business magazine reports that the 22-year-old from Japan earned $37.4 million (£30.7 million) over the last 12 months from prize money and endorsements, which was $1.4 million (£1.1 million) more than Williams.

The figure also beats Maria Sharapova's 2015 record of $29.7 million (£24.4 million) to set a new all-time earnings record for a female athlete in a single year.'

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Naomi Osaka, of Japan, holds the trophy after defeating Serena Williams in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, is hugged by Serena Williams after Osaka defeated Williams in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams at the US Open Tennis Championships 2018 - Women's Finals USTA Tennis Center
Tennis player Naomi Osaka attends the Adeam fashion show during Fall / Winter 2020 / 2021 Fashion Week in New York, NY on Feb. 10, 2020. (Photo by Jonas Gustavsson/Sipa USA)
American Theater Producer Jordan Roth, Haitian Japanese Tennis Player Naomi Osaka, Anna Wintour attend the Prabal Gurung fashion show during Fall / Winter 2020 / 2021 Fashion Week in New York, NY on February 11, 2020. (Photo by Jonas Gustavsson/Sipa USA)
Naomi Osaka during the second match of the 2020 Fed Cup Qualifier between Carla Suarez of Spain and Misaki Doi of Japan at Centro de Tenis La Manga Club on February 7, 2020 in Cartagena, Spain. (Photo by Jose Breton/Sipa USA)
Australian Open 2020. Day 5. Japan's Naomi Osaka during the match against Coco Gauff of the U.S. January 24 2020. Australia, Melbourne Photo credit: Sergei' Vishnevskii'/Kommersant/Sipa USA
Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka competes against Czech professional tennis player Petra Kvitova during a group match of WTA Finals 2019 tennis tournament in Shenzhen city, south China's Guangdong province, 27 October 2019. Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka defeated Czech professional tennis player Petra Kvitova with 2-1 at a group match of WTA Finals 2019 tennis tournament in Shenzhen city, south China's Guangdong province, 27 October 2019.
Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka competes against American professional tennis player Alison Riske at the third round of 2019 China Open (Tennis), in Beijing, China, 3 October 2019. Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka defeated American professional tennis player Alison Riske with 2-0 at the third round of 2019 China Open (Tennis), in Beijing, China, 3 October 2019.
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Osaka ranks 29th overall on the list of the 100 top-earning athletes while Williams comes in at number 33.

The 38-year-old American had been the highest-earning woman each of the previous four years.

In 2018, Osaka defeated Williams at the US Open to claim her first grand slam title before also winning the Australian Open five months later.

She is currently ranked 10th in the world.

The full list is set to be released next week.

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