Naomi Osaka News
Fans across the globe will be entertained throughout the Australian Open 2022 with some high octane and enthralling games as World No 1 Ash Barty will attempt to become the first local player to win an Australian Open singles title in 44 years while defending champion Naomi Osaka is expected to return to action and will target a fifth career major singles title.
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.
Naomi dropped from 7 to 12th position, ending her streak of 140 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, a streak that started on September 17, 2018. The Japanese player, earlier this year, had pulled out of the French Open and Wimbledon citing mental health concerns, and had taken an indefinite break from tennis after her loss at the US Open.