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Naomi Osaka Named the Highest-Paid Female Athlete Ever

It's Official: Naomi Osaka Is the Highest-Paid Female Athlete — Like, Ever

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 02:  Naomi Osaka of Japan plays a forehand in her match against Annika Beck of Germany on day one of the ASB Classic on January 2, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Naomi Osaka has yet another impressive title to her name: the highest-paid female athlete in history. At just 22 years old, the Japanese tennis star raked in a whopping $37.4 million in prize money and endorsements over the past year, which is more than any other female athlete has ever earned in a 12-month span, Forbes reports. For the past four years, the top-earning female athlete distinction was held by fellow tennis star Serena Williams, whom Osaka famously defeated in the 2018 US Open finals.

Osaka currently holds the No. 29 spot among the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world, while Williams is right behind her at No. 33. This year marks the first time since 2016 that two women have ranked among the top 100 highest-paid athletes.

Osaka's record-breaking earnings shouldn't come as a surprise for tennis fans, as the Nike-sponsored athlete nabbed grand slam titles at both the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open and even has a Netflix documentary series in the works. She had plans to represent her native country of Japan in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which have now been rescheduled for next summer. We certainly can't wait to see her dominate the court again come 2021, especially now that she has another title under her belt.

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