Serena Williams again tops Forbes list of highest-paid sports women

Serena Williams here serving in her Wimbledon finals loss to Simona Halep tops Forbes' list of sport's top women earners for a fourth straight year

United States business magazine Forbes announced on Tuesday the 2019 list based on each athlete's aggregate amount of prize money, salaries and endorsements over the year through June 1.

Osaka was only beaten by 23-time grand slam singles champion Williams, who topped the standings for the fourth year on the spin, earning US$29.2 million. Forbes pegged Osaka's earnings at $24.3 million, putting her second on a list dominated by tennis players. Because Forbes just dropped its list of the world's highest paid female athletes. These earnings include prize money they win in different tournaments, their salaries, bonuses, endorsement deals and the fees they charge for appearances at events. It has also been revealed that the top 15 female athletes earned a cumulative $146 million, a steady rise compared to the $130 million past year. Her earnings are up from US$18.1 million previous year. Her endorsements earn her $25 million, and this number might soon go up when she launches her clothing line, S by Serena. Alongside it all, Williams has built a venture portfolio worth more than $10 million for herself.

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"Sindhu remains India's most marketable female athlete". Former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber was third on the list with earnings of $11.8 million followed by this year's Wimbledon champion Simona Halep.

USA women's soccer player Alex Morgan is the highest-placed non-tennis player on the women's list at number 12, with Forbes putting her total earnings of $5.8 million. "She became the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour finals in 2018", Forbes said, reported AFP. Williams is the only female athlete in Forbes' top 100 overall list, ranking 63rd.

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