Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams as the highest paid female athlete | Instant News

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

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

That figure also beat Maria Sharapova’s 2015 record of $ 29.7 million (£ 24.4 million) to set a new record of all-time income for a female athlete in one year. ‘

Naomi Osaka competed in the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham (Zac Goodwin / PA)

Osaka is ranked 29th overall in the list of 100 high-income athletes, while Williams is ranked 33rd.

The 38-year-old American man was the highest-income woman every four years before.

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

He is currently ranked 10th in the world.

The full list will be released next week.

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