Serena may have lost out on the French Open final title this year, but she still earned a major victory this week;
Forbes has announced that Williams has overtaken Maria Sharapova as the world’s highest-paid female athlete, bringing in $28.9 million in prize money and endorsements over the year. Serena, the world’s No. 1 since February 2013, won three Grand Slams in 2015, reached the final of the year’s first two Slam events and added a major endorsement deal with Chase.
Serena’s endorsement deals include such stars as Delta Air Lines, Gatorade, Pepsi, Audemars Piguet, Mission Athlete Care, Beats by Dre Headphones, BerLei Bras, Chase Bank, IBM, One Piece, Mini, OPI Products and of course Nike. That’s not too shabby.
Sharapova had reigned atop Forbes’ annual list for 11 years, but lost lucrative endorsement deals with Nike, American Express, Porsche and TAG Heuer due to her recent doping scandal. She pulled in $21.9 million, down nearly $8 million from last year.
Williams, 34, has dominated her sport for a decade and a half. She won her second Grand Slam in 2002 and has added 19 more since then. Her career prize money of $77.6 million is more than twice as much as any other female athlete.
She remains on track to tie Stefie Graff’s record of 22 Grand Slams, and as her streak continues, she could set the record this season with upcoming games in Wimbledon and the US Open.
Her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who has just opened his magnificent new Tennis Academy in Nice, France, has no doubts that she will reach the magical figure of 22.