Naomi Osaka ranked No. 2 on Forbes' list of highest-paid female athletes
Japan Times -- Aug 08
Naomi Osaka almost topped the Forbes’ highest-earning female athlete list, slotting in at No. 2 behind fellow tennis star Serena Williams in the annual ranking of the top 10 paid sportswomen.

According to the rankings released Tuesday, Osaka’s total earnings were $24.3 million for the 12-month period ending June 1, including an estimated $16 million in off-court income, while Williams secured the top spot for the fourth year in a row with $29.2 million.

The 21-year-old Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, has endorsement deals with Mastercard Inc., All Nippon Airways Co., Nissan Motor Co., among others.

She won two majors, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open, and became the first Asian tennis player to reach world No. 1 in singles.

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