What is Naomi Osaka's net worth? Tennis star who beat Serena Williams is world's highest-paid female athlete
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka defeated veteran star Serena Williams at the Australian Open semifinals, thereby confirming her place in the women's finals. The third-seeded star who clinched the Australian Open title last year also beat Williams once before in the 2018 US Open finals. The 23-year-old has previously revealed her great admiration for Williams.
Osaka is currently ranked the World No 3 by the Women's Tennis Association. As she gears up for a legendary final match, here's a look at her net worth and career earnings.
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What is Naomi Osaka's net worth?
Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are the two highest-paid female athletes in the world with their earnings from endorsements are taken into consideration, according to Forbes magazine.
Born to Japanese mother Tamaki Osaka and Haitian-American father Leonard Francois, Naomi Osaka chose her nationality as Japanese before the age of 22 and hence she now represents Japan in sports.
In 2020, Osaka became the highest-paid female athlete in the world with an estimated net worth of $25 million. Her net worth took a staggering leap from just $8 million in 2019, according to Sportskeeda.
Forbes reports that in the past 12 months, Osaka earned a record amount of $37.4 million inclusive of prize money, endorsements and appearance fees. In the list of 100 highest-paid athletes in the world, she currently has the 29th rank, while her contender Serena Williams stands at 33rd. In terms of career prize money, Osaka's earnings are valued at $17.8 million.
Why Americans are celebrating Osaka's win?
While Americans are indeed heartbroken at national star Serena Williams' loss, they are not shying away from congratulating Osaka for her laudable 6-3, 6-4 win against the defending champion. After the win, Osaka remarked, "Just to be on the court playing against her, for me is a dream." "I’m so internally conflicted. I’m so sad for Serena. I’m so happy for Naomi," tweeted one user.
"Just to be on the court playing against her, for me is a dream."— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 18, 2021
- Naomi Osaka on playing Serena Williams
I’m so internally conflicted. I’m so sad for Serena. I’m so happy for Naomi. pic.twitter.com/4RIq9r1kIp— Arielle (Ari) Chambers (@ariivory) February 18, 2021
There is more than one reason for Americans to love Naomi Osaka. Apart from being a star player of part-American descent, she is also a staunch activist of the Black Lives Matter movement. Last year, during each of her matches in the US Open, Osaka donned face masks with the names of the Black victims of brutality printed on them. Her silent statement created waves of appreciation not only in the US but across the world.
Me watching Serena lose— that's so riah (@Riahlexis) February 18, 2021
Me watching Naomi win#AusOpen #AO2021 pic.twitter.com/2YQjAylzAG
Serena lost but Osaka won pic.twitter.com/4FY8P4QYcX— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) February 18, 2021
Meanwhile, Serena Williams left the pressroom in tears while addressing media questions following her defeat to Osaka.
She later posted this powerful message on her Instagram account, which has 12.8 million followers.