Serena Williams tops the highest paid sportswoman chart- Serena Williams losses the French Open final on Saturday to Garbine Muguruza. It marked her third failed attempt to win the 22nd singles Grand Slam title, which could be tie in the Open-era record set by Steffi Graf. Williams was extremely divine in the defeat as she addressed the crowd at Roland Garros in French.
The tennis icon can afford to be kind these days. She earned around $28.9 million in the past 12 months this was reported by the Financial magazine, hence that makes her the world’s highest-paid female athlete over that the span, this cause Maria Sharapova, who had held the title for the past 11 years. On saturday after falling at Roland Garros , she vowed to keep trying to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam titles.
Sharapova, the one who lost some sponsorship money behind after announcing she had tested positive for the recently banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open which was in January and that is provisionally suspended, and hence holds the second spot at $21.9 million.
Williams, aged 34, now has dominated her sport for a 10 years and a half. She won her second Grand Slam in 2002 and has added some 19 more since then. Her prize money of her career is of $77.6 million and is more than twice as much as any other female athlete. Sharapova earned around $21.9 million over the past 12 months, down almost $8 million from the previous year, Forbes said.
What makes the move even more impressive is that the financial hit that Sharapova will take after her positive test for meldonium and will not heavily develop the earnings charts until the next financial year.
However, the fact is that Serena Williams trailed the Russian in earnings at all, considering her on-court dominance, does highlight an underlying the important issue of image that continues to influence women’s tennis (and sport in general) to an uncomfortable degree. The more change that athletes like Serena Williams can bring the better.