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Serena Williams tops Forbes’ list of highest-paid female athletes for the fourth year in a row.
The 23-time grand slam singles champion earned 29.2 million US dollars (approximately £24million) ($AU 43.41 million) for the 12 months to June 1, only 4.2million dollars of which was in prize money.
Naomi Osaka became just the fourth woman to earn more than 20million US dollars in a year after Williams, Maria Sharapova and Li Na.
The young Japanese star’s earnings leapt to 24.3million dollars (approximately £20million) on the back of her first two grand slam titles at the US Open and the Australian Open.
Osaka, who is of Japanese and Haitian heritage but has lived in the United States for most of her life, is seen as one of the most commercially attractive sports stars.
Tennis players once again dominated the list, with last year’s Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in third ahead of this year’s SW19 winner Simona Halep.
The highest-placed athlete from another sport was United States footballer Alex Morgan in 12th, who earned 5.8million US dollars (approximately £4.75million), nearly all of it in endorsements.
Indian badminton star PV Sindhu and Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn were the other non-tennis players in the top 15.
- Serena Williams – $29.2 million (Tennis)
- Naomi Osaka – $24.3 million (Tennis)
Angelique Kerber – $11.8 million (Tennis)
Simona Halep – $10.2 million (Tennis)
Sloane Stephens – $9.6 million (Tennis)
Caroline Wozniacki – $7.5 million (Tennis)
Maria Sharapova – $7 million (Tennis)
Karolina Pliskova – $6.3 million (Tennis)
Elina Svitolina – $6.1 million (Tennis)
10 (equal). Venus Williams – $5.9 million (Tennis)
10 (equal). Garbine Muguruza – $5.9 million (Tennis)
- Alex Morgan – $5.8 million (Football)
13 (equal). P.V. Sindhu – $5.5 million (Badminton)
13 (equal). Madison Keys – $5.5 million (Tennis)
- Ariya Jutanugarn – $5.3 million (Golf)
Serena Williams and her daughter follow the same beauty routine.
The 37-year-old tennis player and 21-month-old Olympia – who she has with her husband Alexis Ohanian – share the same evening pampering procedure and the first step in their joint ritual is to apply coconut oil to their skin because it has ”amazing” moisturising properties and is also a great natural make-up remover.
”The first step in my routine, when I’m taking off my make-up and coming undone, I actually do something completely different. I use coconut oil because it’s amazing. I use it for everything you can think of. This could literally be your only step if that’s all you want.
”Olympia, who is my daughter, actually does the routine with me. And it’s safe for kids too. She’s only one-and-a-half and she loves it.”
Serena keeps her complexion bright and flaw-free by using a vitamin C enriched serum, which she discovered on her babymoon.
”I actually found this [Vine Vera Resveratol Vitamin C Serum $246] on my babymoon in Mexico. I just do a couple dabs and I always give Olympia some dabs. I feel like whatever you’re using under your eye is super moisturising and it can work for the whole face.”
The seven-time Wimbledon winner went on to reveal that since she hit aged 30, she has noticed she now has a ”5 o’clock shadow”, so Serena will use brightening products to make the area appear glowy and flawless.
Speaking in US Harper’s Bazaar’s ‘Go To Bed With Me’ YouTube series, she continued:
”Honestly, I have a little 5 o’clock shadow, so I put it on top of my moustache.
”I hit 30 and after that everything has become either moustache or beard, let’s just be honest ladies. So I do that there too because I think if it’s brightening, maybe it’ll brighten that too.
”The last thing I’m going to today, and sometimes honestly it varies, I’m not that routine type of girl – I have my Mario Badescu — I absolutely love this stuff. It gives me this crazy glow, but I always use it at night too because I like the way it smells.”
Serena Williams was fined $10,000 on Monday after reportedly damaging a court before the start of the Wimbledon tournament.
The All England Club fined the American Tennis Pro for damaging a court during practice before the start of the Grand Slam tournament, although further details surrounding the incident were not immediately available.
According to DailyMail reporter Mike Dickson, the fine came after Williams reportedly threw her racket, causing some sort of damage to the famous English grass courts.
Williams has faced the largest fine of the tournament this year by far.
Italian Fabio Fognini was fined $3,000 during his third-round loss after saying he wished a bomb would hit Wimbledon.
Williams eased into the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 14th time Monday by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2. She is looking for her eighth Wimbledon title after losing last year’s final to Angelique Kerber.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
After her absence last year, tennis star Serena Williams has reemerged on Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s highest-paid athletes for 2019, bowing in at No. 63 out of 100.
But her return is noticeable for another reason: She’s the only woman on the list.
The lack of another female athlete comes at a time when the issue of gender pay inequity in professional sports has gained attention and female players are willing to sue to put a spotlight on the disparity.
Williams, 37, reappeared on the list after Forbes calculated her pay at $29.2 million, as well as her winnings at $4.2 million and off-the-court endorsement deals at $25 million. Her sponsorships include Gatorade, Wilson Sporting Goods and JPMorgan Chase. She was also the only woman on the list in 2017.
Topping Forbes’ list this year is Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi, whose pay, winnings and endorsement earnings reached a total $254 million.
Four other tennis players made the list, including Switzerland’s Roger Federer, who ranked at No. 5 and earned a total of $186.8 million.
In general, the top athletes represent major sports in the United States and internationally: soccer, football, basketball and baseball. Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels center fielder who earlier this year reportedly signed what appeared to be the largest contract in professional sports history worth $430 million, was No. 17 on this year’s Forbes ranking.
Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert at the San Francisco firm Baker Street, said because the viewership and ratings remain high in popular team sports dominated by male athletes, that’s where the blockbuster deals and big money will continue to flow.
“It’s what people are watching, it’s what people want to see on TV and it’s what the TV stations are willing to pay to get the rights to,” Dorfman said. “And as long as there’s more popularity, more appeal and more cache for the men’s leagues, then that’s how it’s always going to be, regrettably.”
Williams did not land on last year’s Forbes list of the highest-paid athletes after taking a yearlong break from competition after having a child with her husband, internet entrepreneur and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
Earlier this month, she ranked on another Forbes list — America’s richest self-made women — becoming the first athlete on there.
“For tennis, it’s all about endorsements and less about prize money,” Dorfman said. “Serena is obviously a great businesswoman, and she’s extremely marketable.”
While a larger reckoning for how female athletes are paid remains elusive, experts say, there are efforts to bring the discrepancies to the forefront.
In March, more than two dozen members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The athletes say “institutionalized gender discrimination” exists in their pay, medical treatment, travel arrangements and overall workload.
According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles, American female players were paid a combined $1.725 million in bonuses after winning the Women’s World Cup in 2015. To compare, American men were given $5.375 million in bonuses for reaching the round of 16 in the 2014 World Cup.
The U.S. Soccer Federation has declined to comment on pending litigation.
Meanwhile, the American women are favored to again win the World Cup, which kicked off last week in France.
T. Bettina Cornwell, the head of the marketing department at the University of Oregon’s business school, said that while the audiences for men’s sports have been larger historically and command more from sponsors, fans have some power to help change how much athletes are worth.
“From a societal perspective, if you want to address disparities, then watch women’s sport. A great starting place right now would be the Women’s World Cup soccer,” Cornwell said. “Any discussion of this not being an exciting sport to watch is simply rubbish. Be the audience they need and deserve.”
Serena Williams says it took “a lot of effort” to plan Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s baby shower.
The 37-year-old tennis star has been friends with the former actress – who was known as Meghan Markle before marrying Prince Harry last year – for several years and took on the task of planning her baby shower back in February for the tot she’s expecting any day now, and has now revealed the party was a lot more pressure than she’d first thought.
Speaking to Business of Fashion, she said: “Planning something like that takes a lot of effort. I’m a perfectionist, so I’m like, ‘Let’s make it perfect.'”
Serena – who has a 19-month-old daughter of her own named Alexis Olympia – threw Meghan’s shower at The Mark Hotel, where guests were treated to a flower-arranging class and plenty of delicious food.
The sporting superstar invited the likes of Amal Clooney, Gayle King, Jessica Mulroney, Misha Nonoo, and Abigail Spencer to the event.
Meanwhile, Serena recently insisted the Duchess will make a great mother when her first child is born in the near future.
She said: “She’ll be the best mom, for sure.”
And the star even shared some of her tips on coping with parenthood for the first time, saying she had to learn to “go with the flow” and adapt to living day-to-day without too much planning to avoid causing unnecessary stress.
Serena added: “Accept mistakes and don’t expect to be perfect. We put so much pressure on ourselves.
“I had all those high expectations and what I was going to do and then I had what I was going to do.
“I was gonna recover and I was gonna be great, and this is a time that everything is not going to go as planned.
“My whole life is so planned and this is the one time where it wasn’t. You just gotta go with the flow.”
The tennis star encouraged other mums, telling them not to worry if they have a bad day, because they are “true heroes”.
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