Australian world number one Ash Barty has slipped from third to eighth on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid female athletes, which was released on the eve of the Australian Open.
Revealed earlier this week, female tennis players once again dominated as four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka once again topped the list of highest-paid female athletes, having grossed $57.3m ($A79.5m) in 2021, including $US2. 3 million ($A3.2m) on the court and $US55m ($A76.3m) off the court.
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She was followed by Serena Williams ($45.9 million – AU$63.7 million) and Venus Williams ($11.3 million – AU$15.7 million).
Osaka (12th) and Serena (28th) were the only two women in the top 50 highest-paid athletes on last year’s rich athletes list, while Venus missed the top 50 by more than $20 million.
While tennis stars have traditionally dominated the list, No. 4 was gymnast Simone Biles, who earned US$10.1 million (A$14 million), US$10 million (A$13.9 million ) of which were sponsorships, golf stars Jin Young Ko (6th) and Nelly Korda (9th), Indian badminton star PV Sindhu (7th) and basketball player Candace Parker (10th) also made the list, in largely thanks to sponsorships.
However, World No. 3 Garbine Muguruza (fifth) beat Australian World No. 1 Ash Barty, making her the fifth highest-paid tennis star despite another year at the top of the women’s tennis rankings.
Part of the reason for this difference appears to be that Barty withdrew from the rest of the season after the US Open check at the end of the 2019 campaign.
Muguruza won the WTA Finals in 2021, but there was a $5 million fund instead of a prize money, as the Spaniard pocketed $A2.2 million and earned twice as much endorsements as the Australian.
In 2019, Barty was not in the top 15 highest-paid female athletes on the Forbes list, but while she is the eighth-richest athlete of 2021, she ranks as the fifth-richest female tennis player.
In 2020, Barty was ranked third on the list, having earned US$13.1 million (A$18.2 million).
However, in 2021, despite having won five titles, including the Wimbledon crown, Barty earned $6.9 million ($9.6 million), $3.9 million ($5.4 million ) on the court and $3 million ($4.2 million). ) in endorsements.
Forbes made a special note in Barty’s post about how far she has yet to get to women’s sports, writing: “The 25-year-old, who recently signed an endorsement deal with Marriott Bonvoy, served as a reminder of the pay disparities that still exist. in some areas of the sport when he won the Western & Southern Open outside Cincinnati in August, taking home $255,220 for the victory, while the men’s champion of the same tournament, Alexander Zverev, took home $654,815.
But Barty could be ready for another big payday, as male and female players are paid the same at Grand Slams and the World No. 1 is the favorite to break a 44-year wait for Aussies. win a hopeful women’s singles title, dating back to Chris O’Neil in 1978.
The winner of the 2022 Australian Open will earn 2.875 million Australian dollars, while the runner-up will take home 1.575 million Australian dollars.
Barty has a brutal draw, including a possible fourth-round clash against Naomi Osaka, who has won two of the last three titles at Melbourne Park.
Speaking to the Saturday Herald Sun, Osaka paid tribute to Barty.
“For me, what I like most about Ash is that you can see that she is very hard-working,” he said.
“And his results, of course, prove it.
“I really respect how he doesn’t complain and plays every point… you can tell he really loves the game.”
She wasn’t the only champion heaping the hype on Barty.
2020 winner Sofia Kenin, whom Barty demolished in straight sets in Adelaide last week, said the Australian kept getting better.
“He’s playing better and better every game, against me he served very well,” Kenin said.
“I was really shocked by that. I can see that he has definitely improved and is very confident.
“She has a great team around her, and they are doing everything right.”
On the rich list, it was the richest list ever for women, as the top 10 earned a combined $167 million, a 23 percent increase from last year and surpassing the previous record of $143 million. .3 million dollars in 2013.
The list reflects earnings for the entire calendar year of