Naomi Osaka is now the highest-paid female athlete in history, reports Forbes. Osaka, 22, earned $37.4 million in the past 12 months from prize money and endorsements, which is $1.4 million more than Serena Williams made.
With that number, Osaka has set an all-time record for what a female athlete has earned in a single year. Maria Sharapova previously held the record when she earned $29.7 million in 2015.
Osaka has five career titles, including wins at the Australian and U.S. Open, and is currently the 10th-ranked female tennis player in the world.
Two of her biggest endorsement deals are with Nike and Body Armor.
Forbes also reports that this is the first time since 2016 that two women have made the rank of the 100 highest-paid athletes. In September 2018, Osaka beat Williams in an emotional U.S. Open women’s final: Williams received three code violations. Williams infamously fought chair umpire Carlos Ramos on the calls, leading to a tearful victory for Osaka.
“It feels really emotional,” she said then. “I feel happy and sad at the same time and I think this is the most I’ve ever cried.” Williams hugged Osaka and later sent her the following text:
“Hey, Naomi! It’s Serena Williams. As I said on the court, I am so proud of you and I am truly sorry. I thought I was doing the right thing in sticking up for myself. But I had no idea the media would pit us against each other. I would love the chance to live that moment over again. I am, was, and will always be happy for you and supportive of you. I would never, ever want the light to shine away from another female, specifically another black female athlete. I can’t wait for your future, and believe me I will always be watching as a big fan! I wish you only success today and in the future. Once again, I am so proud of you. All my love and your fan, Serena.”
Since Forbes began tracking women athletes’ income in 1990, tennis players have topped the annual list every year.