Serena Williams overtakes suspended Maria Sharapova as world's highest-paid sportswoman
Two days after her stunning loss to Garbine Muguruza in the French Open final, Serena Williams scored a different win on Monday, when Forbes Magazine reported she has overtaken Maria Sharapova as the world's highest-paid sportswoman.
Los Angeles: Two days after her stunning loss to Garbine Muguruza in the French Open final, Serena Williams scored a different win on Monday, when Forbes Magazine reported she has overtaken Maria Sharapova as the world's highest-paid sportswoman.
Williams earned $28.9 million over the past 12 months, the financial magazine reported in an article posted on its website.
Russian tennis star Sharapova had held the title for the past 11 years.
Williams, 34, has dominated her sport for more than a decade. She won her second Grand Slam in 2002 before going on to win 19 more since then.
After falling at Roland Garros on Saturday, she vowed to keep trying to equal Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam titles.
Williams's career prize money of $77.6 million amounts to more than twice as much as any other sportswoman's.
However, Sharapova dominated in endorsement profits before companies including Nike, American Express, Porsche and TAG Heuer distanced themselves after she tested positive for the recently banned drug meldonium earlier this year.
Sharapova earned $21.9 million over the past 12 months, down almost $8 million from the previous year, Forbes said.
American mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey was third on the list with $14 million, just ahead of NASCAR stock car driver Danica Patrick, who earned $13.9 million.
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Also out on a day of shocks was former world number one Andy Murray, losing to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in straight sets, as the Grand Slam roared into life on day four.
After Sunday's deportation of men's defending champion and top seed Novak Djokovic, the first Grand Slam of the year is now in full swing and many are eager to move on from the visa saga.
"I think the WTA, the whole organisation, they handled it really well. I'm really proud of them," Osaka said.