Naomi Osaka broke Maria Sharapova’s record to become the highest-paid female athlete in the world.
Naomi Osaka beat Maria Sharapova to lead the world’s highest salary in Tennis
Naomi Osaka has become the highest-paid athlete in a year, when Forbes magazine recently announced that she received $ 37.4 million from May 2019. This is also a new record in this category.
In the statistical history of Forbes, Maria Sharapova holds an old record with $ 29.7 million in income from 1 year from 2014 to 2015. It is a figure that no one can break because Maria Sharapova is considered a female athlete. has the biggest commercial attraction in the history of the sports world.
There are many reasons to say that Maria Sharapova’s salary was the salary of the highest tennis player in the world before Naomi Osaka took it. In Maria Sharapova’s career, in January 2002, Maria Sharapova was only 14 years old and became the youngest tennis player to reach the final of the Australian Open for teens. Two months later, Maria Sharapova played at the first WTA tournament of her career, The pacific Life Open.
“Russian Doll” Maria Sharapova received special tickets to attend Wimbledon 2003. This is her first time playing in the main round for professional players All England Club. At Wimbledon that season, Maria Sharapova each seeded No. 11 Jelena Dokic to have the first victory over the players in the top 20 of the world on the way to the fourth round of the 3rd Grand Slam of the year.
In October 2003, Maria Sharapova won the first WTA title in her illustrious career. In 2015, Maria Sharapova kicked off her season at Brisbane International, where she reached the final without losing any set. In 2016, Maria Sharapova was suspected of using doping in sports competitions and failed in the doping test, the Russian tennis player was banned for 15 months.
She and the billions of contracts
Naomi Osaka’s income is only $ 1.4 million more than Serena Williams, and in the history of the list, Serena and Maria Sharapova have shared the top spot since 2003. However, Naomi Osaka overthrew the two-horse dominance of these two top female players at the age of 22, thanks to Nike’s sponsorship deal of up to $ 10 million this year from Nike.
Naomi Osaka had previously ranked second to Serena Williams in the 2019 list, she was the fourth female athlete in Forbes’ statistical history to reach the $ 20 million income mark in 12 months. She had never been on the list of top 100 highest-income athletes before, but now she climbed to 29th and Serena Williams was the remaining woman on the list at 33.
According to Forbes, since the list was released in 1990, only female tennis players have appeared so far because they receive huge sponsorships compared to the rest of the sports. Therefore, despite being only ranked 10th on the WTA rankings, Naomi Osaka still receives large sponsorship after winning the US Open 2018 and Australian Open 2019. She currently has sponsorship contracts with 15 large and small corporations.
However, Maria Sharapova is said to still hold the No. 1 position in the list of the richest female athletes. Retired, Sharapova has long had its own business conglomerate with assets worth around $ 200 million, so Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams will not be easy to catch up.