Naomi Osaka is currently the highest paid female athlete in history

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Naomi Osaka is currently the highest paid female athlete in history

Naomi Osaka is unarguably one of the top female tennis players in the world and now, the 22-year-old tennis superstar can proudly add another title to her resumé - she is currently the highest-paid female athlete in history.

According to Forbes, Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams on this front, earning $37.4 million in the past 12 months by way of tournament payouts and endorsement deals, which is $1.4 million more than Williams in that same period, and besting the $29.7 million record set by fellow tennis player Maria Sharapova in 2015.

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Naomi Osaka is currently the highest paid female athlete in history

Forbes also reports that this is the first time since 2016 that two women have made the rank of the 100 highest-paid athletes.

Naomi Osaka was born on October 16, 1997 and is a world class Japanese professional tennis player. She has been ranked number 1 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). In addition, she is the first player of Haitian or Asian descent to hold the top ranking in singles.

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Naomi Osaka is currently the highest paid female athlete in history

So far, she has won five titles on the WTA Tour, including two titles at both the Grand Slam and Premier Mandatory levels. At the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open, Osaka won her first two Grand Slam singles titles in back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments. She is the first player to achieve this feat since Jennifer Capriati in 2001.

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