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Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams are world’s highest-paid female athletes

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The results are in, and it seems that if you want to cash in as a professional female athlete, your best bet is to take up tennis or golf. 

On Thursday Forbes released its annual ranking of the world’s highest-paid female athletes of 2022 with Naomi Osaka ($51.5 million) and Serena Williams ($41.3 million) topping the list.

They were joined by 10 other professional tennis stars and seven golfers, totaling a whopping $223.9 million in earnings for 19 stars of the two sports. Tennis players as a group far out-earned any other professional athletes, totaling $189.9 million. 

It seems natural that Williams, widely considered the greatest women’s singles player of all time, would finish behind Osaka, thought to be tennis’ star of the next generation. 

That Williams still commands so much in endorsement deals, though, is a testament to her influence even as she transitions — or “evolves” — away from the game, as she announced she would do after the 2022 U.S. Open.

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