Ash Barty is a wrecking ball on the tennis court.
The Aussie superstar has enjoyed a stellar 18 months on the court, reaching at minimum the fourth round of every Grand Slam.
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But as dominant as she is on the court, Barty falls behind in a big way when it comes to off the court earnings when compared to two fellow tennis superstars.
Forbes released the top 10 highest-paid female athletes for 2020 with nine of the top 10 being tennis players.
Thanks to a scintillating 2019 season, Barty finished third on the list of highest earners with estimated earnings of $18.1 million.
Ahead of her are American superstar Serena Williams who hauled in $49.9 million and topping the charts is Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka who earned $51.8 million.
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It’s in breaking down the numbers where the glarring difference exists between Barty and the two stars ahead of her.
Barty’s 2019 on court dominance resulted in her claiming almost $14 million in prize money alone. Leaving her with endorsement earnings of $4.1 million.
Of course her star continues to rise and a semifinal run at the Australian Open was believed to have netted her around $1.5 million for the month of January.
And while Barty comprehensively dwarfes her rivals in terms of prizemoney, they collect the big dollars away from the court.
Williams in 2019 reached the Grand Slam finals at Wimbledon and the US Open and collected $5.5 million on the court. Osaka on the other hand won the 2019 Australian Open and earned $4.7 million for the year.
It means off the court, Williams’ endorsements saw her collect a staggering $44.4 million with Osaka topping that with an eye-watering $47.4 million.
Both Williams and Osaka earned more through their own endorsement deals than the remaining top five on the highest-earners list combined.
Day 10 Australian Open Serena Williams defeats Johana Konta Picture:Wayne LudbeySource: News Corp Australia
Osaka’s out of this world earning potential saw her become the highest paid female athlete in history as she surpassed Williams.
A large slice of Osaka’s income stems from an apparel deal with Nike that paid her more than $15 million in the past year and runs through 2025. Nissan and racquet-maker Yonex are other major backers.
Both women cracked Forbes’ 100 top-paid athletes with Osaka landing at 29 and Williams at 33, it’s the first time two women have made the list since 2016.
FORBES RICH LIST FEMALE ATHLETES 2020
1. Naomi Osaka $51.8m (tennis)
2. Serena Williams $49.9m (tennis)
3. Ash Barty $18.1m (tennis)
4. Simona Halep $15.1m (tennis)
5. Bianca Andreescu $8.9m (tennis)
6. Garbine Muguruza $9.1m (tennis)
7. Elina Svitolina $8.9m (tennis)
8. Sofia Kenin $8m (tennis)
9. Angelique Kerber $7.3m (tennis)
10. Alex Morgan $6.4m (football)
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