Naomi Osaka to Simone Biles: Highest earning female athletes of 2021, in pics

Japan’s Naomi Osaka, a four-times Grand Slam tennis champion who has helped raise awareness of mental health issues in sport, is the world’s highest-paid female athlete, according to a list published by business magazine Forbes on Thursday (January 13). Osaka raked in $57.3 million (Rs 423.5 cr) in prize money and endorsements over the last year. Fellow tennis players Serena Williams ($45.9 million) and older sister Venus ($11.3 million) were next on the list. Check the top-earning female sports stars in 2021 here.

PV Sindu - No. 7 - Rs 53.2 crore

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PV Sindu - No. 7 - Rs 53.2 crore

World No.7 and Tokyo Olympics bronze medal-winning shuttler PV Sindhu is India's highest-earning female athlete with earning of Rs 53.2 crore in 2021. She is No. 7 spot for highest earners. (Photo: BAI)

Naomi Osaka - No. 1 - Rs 423.5 crore

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Naomi Osaka - No. 1 - Rs 423.5 crore

Australian Open defending champion and former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka is the highest earning female athlete in 2021. Osaka earned more than Rs 423.5 crore in prize money and sponsorship last year. (Source: Twitter)

Serena Williams - No. 2 - Rs 339.2 crore

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Serena Williams - No. 2 - Rs 339.2 crore

Tennis legend Serena Williams is the second-highest earning female athlete in 2021 with Rs 339.2 crore from sponsorships and on-court earnings. (Source: Twitter)

Venus Williams - No. 3 - Rs 83.5 crore

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Venus Williams - No. 3 - Rs 83.5 crore

US tennis star Venus Williams, who is 41 years of age, is in No. 3 position with earnings of Rs 83.5 crore in 2021. The seven-time Grand Slam champions has $11 million earning from sponsorships. (Source: Twitter)  

Naomi Osaka - No. 4 - Rs 74.5 crore

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Naomi Osaka - No. 4 - Rs 74.5 crore

Top US gymnast Simone Biles is fourth on the list with earning of Rs 74.5 crore last year. The four-time Olympic champion had sponsorship earning of over $10 million. (Source: Twitter)

Garbine Muguruza - No. 5 - Rs 65 crore

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Garbine Muguruza - No. 5 - Rs 65 crore

Former world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza, who won the WTA Tour Finals last year is fifth on the rich-list with Rs 65 crore in earning. Muguruza earned $2.8 million from on-court and $6 million from sponsorships in 2021. (Source: Twitter)

(Rich-list source: Forbes)

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