Serena Williams, veteran American tennis player, holds the top position for the fourth consecutive time on the list of the world’s highest-paid female athletes compiled by Forbes magazine.hung

In the publication published on August 6, according to Forbes, the female tennis player who won the Grand Slam 23 times earned 29.2 million USD in a 12-month period, ending on June 1, 2019, of which Only 4.2 million USD is in prize money during the competition.

Serena Williams, pictured here during her first round match against Harmony Tan at Wimbledon 2022, says male athletes don't deserve more prize money just because they are men

Second place on the list belongs to Naomi Osaka, the player who shocked Williams in the final of the 2018 US Open and then continued to win the 2019 Australian Open, with 24.3 million USD/year.

Angelique Kerber ranked third on the list with income of 11.8 million USD, followed by this year’s defending Wimbledon champion Simona Halep.

Tennis has the lowest gender pay gap in sports with women players earning 34.32% less than their male counterparts and Venus Williams has been a vocal advocate for equal pay branding it 'a slap in the face'

Forbes’ statistics are based on bonuses, salaries, advertising contracts and performance competition fees over a one-year period (from June 1 of the previous year to June 1 of the following year).

Forbes’ list clearly shows the dominance of football athletes. There are only two non-tennis athletes in the top 15: Indian badminton player PV Sindhu and Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn.

The highest ranked athlete from another sport is American football player Alex Morgan – coming in 12th place.

Morgan earned $5.8 million, most of which was in advertising revenue.

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