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Tennis Stars Occupies Top Nine Spots In Forbes List Of Highest-Paid Female Athletes

Over a 12-month period no other sport had a female athlete make at least $5M in earnings apart from tennis.

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The significance of the WTA Tour has been brought into the limelight after an analysis declared it the highest paying women’s sport for their top athletes.

 

Forbes annual list of highest-paid female athletes in 2020 showed that nine female athletes made over $5 million in earnings with all of those belonging to tennis. The earnings were calculated based on prize money, salaries, bonuses, appearance fees and endorsements between June 1, 2019, and June 1, 2020. Incredibly the latest list isn’t the most dominant performance by tennis players. 12 months ago all top 10 positions were occupied by a WTA player. The only difference in 2020 is that footballer Alex Morgan has risen from 12th to 10th position.

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka tops the list with total earnings of $37.4M with almost 90% ($34M) of her earnings being down solely to endorsements. According to Forbes the high earnings have been related to the Tokyo Olympics which has been delayed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Osaka is one of the faces of the Games which made her even more appealing to sponsors such as Nippon Airways and Nissan. According to the report, only Roger Federer has made more than the 22-year-old in endorsements.

Unsurprisingly, following Osaka closely behind in second place is Serena Williams, who boasted $36M in earnings with $32M coming from endorsements. Her portfolio include deals with the likes of Nike, Gatorade, Procter & Gamble and Beats. Furthermore, Williams is also an accomplished businesswoman with a series of businesses and investments she is linked to. Last September she debuted her S by Serena fashion line at New York Fashion week, which was watched by Vogue Editor-and-Chief Anna Wintour.

The disparity between the top two places on the list and third is threefold. Current world No.1 Ash Barty made the majority of her money by winning prize money. The Australian won $10.1M on the Tour besides her $3M in endorsements. Her biggest moneymaking day occurred at the WTA Finals where she exited the tournament with an absurd payment of $4.42M.

Making up the top five is Simona Halep ($10.9M) and Bianca Andreescu ($8.9M). Both of whom are current Grand Slam champions. Further down the list is a top 10 debut by Sofia Kenin, who won her maiden major title at the Australian Open in January. She is in eighth place with $5.8M in earnings.

The dominance of women’s tennis in earnings comes just 13 years after equal prize money was implemented at all Grand Slams with Wimbledon becoming the last to do so. This year’s earning potential has however been hampered by the COVID-19 with most tournaments in Asia being cancelled. A key learning area for the WTA with the 2019 China swing offering an estimated $30M in prize money.

Forbes’ list of highest paid tennis players

RankNamesEndorsementsPrize MoneyTotal
1Naomi Osaka$34M$3.4M$37.4M
2Serena Williams$32M$4M$36M
3Ash Barty$3M$10.1M$13.1M
4Simona Halep$4M$6.9M$10.9M
5Bianca Andreescu$4M$4.9M$8.9M
6Garbine Muguruza$4.5M$2.1M$6.6M
7Elina Svitolina $1M$5.4M$6.4M
8Sofia Kenin$1M$4.8M$5.8M
9Angelique Kerber$4M$1.3M$5.3M
Source – https://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2020/08/17/the-highest-paid-female-athletes-2020-center-court-takes-center-stage/#385487d85eb6

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Matteo Berrettini reaches his second Masters 1000 semifinal

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Matteo Berrettini has reached the second Masters 1000 semifinal of his career with his 5-7 6-3 6-0 win over Cristian Garin at the Madrid Mutua Open at the Caja Magica. 

 

Berrettini fought back from 3-6 1-3 down by winning 11 consecutive games to take the win in the third set. 

Garin earned an immediate break in the first game, but Berrettini broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Garin won seven consecutive points from 5-5 15-30 to claim the first set 7-5 with a break in the 11th game thanks to a backhand passing shot. 

Garin went up a 3-1 lead in the second set with a break in the third game. Berrettini broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3 with a forehand winner on the break point. 

Berrettini earned his second break to take a 5-3 lead, when Garin made three unforced errors. The Italian player served out 6-3 at love with an ace.

Berrettini broke serve in the first game and saved two break-back points in the second game to hold serve for 2-0. Berrettini earned his double break in the third game, as Garin made two consecutive unforced errors at 40-40. Berrettini held serve at duece to race out to a 4-0 lead. Garin missed four game points in the fifth game before dropping serve to trail 0-5, when he committed a double fault and an unforced error. Berrettini served out the third set at love with his 14th ace after 2 hours and 6 minutes to secure his spot in his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Shanghai 2019.    

“I am really proud that I came back from not an easy place mentally after my injury. I really worked hard. There were days. There were days where I wasn’t really feeling into practice because I felt like kind of there was a lot of work to be done. Sometimes I was feeling kind of unlucky that I got injured again. It was just tough, but I came back stronger in Belgrade. For here, I proved to myself that I am strong inside”, said Berrettini. 

Berrettini will take on Casper Ruud in the semifinals. They will battle for a spot into their first Masters 1000 final. Ruud beat Berrettini in the quarter final in Rome last year. 

“I think he is a great player, especially on clay. He has been playing really good, really solid so far this season. We always had tough matches. Last year in Rome it was a really tough match. Still if I think about it, it hurts. I am really looking forward to get my revenge, not in a bad way, but just in a way that’s in a sport way”, said Berrettini. 

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Casper Ruud reaches his third consecutive clay Masters 1000 semifinal

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Casper Ruud beat Alexander Bublik 7-5 6-1 to reach his third career Masters 1000 semifinal at the Madrid Mutua Open after advancing to this stage in Rome in 2020 and Monte-Carlo in 2021. 

 

Ruud backed up his win in the third round against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Thursday with a straight set win over Bublik. Ruud won 8 of the final nine games and hit 19 winners to seal the win in 69 minutes. Ruud hit nine forehand winners to just two unforced forehand errors.

Ruud broke Bublik in the 11th game on his fourth set point to take the first set 7-5, as Bublik was serving at 5-6. The Norwegian player broke twice in the fourth and sixth games to claim the second set 6-1 in 69 minutes. 

The son of former Norwegian player Christian Ruud has not broken yet and faced his first break point this week against Bublik. 

Ruud becomes the seventh unseeded ATP player to advance to the semifinals in Madrid. He will face either Matteo Berrettini or Christian Garin in the semifinal. 

 “It’s a great feeling. It’s my third Masters 1000 semifinal and my third in a row on clay. I am just playing the tennis of my life for the moment and I am enjoying it. I have just had an unbelievable motivation to play the European clay swing and when we didn’t get to play it last year, I was very sad. I think I have just double motivation compared to last year”, said Ruud.

Ruud will move up to at least world number 16 in the ATP Ranking next week. 

“I did a lot of good work when we had the corona break last year. I trained really hard on the weekdays and took the weekends off. I think that worked well. When we started well, I felt good again. I think I am a much better player mentally, physically and playing-wise as well. I am hitting the ball and playing the heavy clay-court game that I like to play”, said Ruud. 

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Aryna Sabalenka beats Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova to set up a re-match of the Stuttgart final against Ashleigh Barty

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Aryna Sabalenka has reached her third final of the season with a 6-2 6-3 win over six-time Grand Slam quarter finalist Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova in the semifinal of the Madrid Mutua Open. 

 

Sabalenka earned her first break to take a 3-1 lead. She hi a series of forehands in the final game to close out the first set 6-2. 

Sabalenka raced out to a 4-0 lead with a double break. Pavlyuchenkova earned her first break points, but Sabalenka held serve for 5-0. Pavlyuchenkova pulled one break in the seventh game and held serve to claw her way back to 3-5. Sabalenka hit two backhands to earn her first match point and sealed the win with her fourth ace .  

Sabalenka has extended her win-loss record to 23-6 (including 9-1) this year. She has won the opening tournament of the season and lost the Stuttgart Porsche Grand Prix final to Ashleigh Barty. 

Barty and Sabalenka will meet again in the Madrid Mutua Open this week in the re-match of the Stuttgart final

The Belarusian player has not dropped a set this week. The Belarusian player won 73 % of her second service points and converted four of her break points against Pavlyuchenkova, who had won their only previous head-to-head match in Toronto in 2019. 

“I think my game has improved a lot on the clay court. For sure, it’s given me some confidence, but there are still so many things to work on. I am just really with my level here in Madrid. I think from the side it looks like everything is going my way. Some games I did not feel my serve. Some games something wasn’t working. It’s always part of the process, but I am really happy that from the side, it looks like everything is going my way”,said Sabalenka. 

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