Naomi Osaka’s victory at the Australian Open sent her straight to the top of the WTA prize money rankings at the end of January.
The 21-year-old Japanese, who has now won back-to-back grand slam titles, tops the list on $3,104, 114, her win over Petra Kvitova also taking her through the $10 million mark in career prize money.
Osaka had finished her breakthrough 2018 season, during which she defeated 23-time grand slam singles winner Serena Williams for her first major title at the U.S. Open, as the lead money maker on the women’s Tour with $6.4 million in prize money.
A superstar in Japan, where more than 22 million television viewers tuned in to watch the Australian Open finals, Osaka is expected to earn much more off the court. Last year, FORBES estimated she may make as much as $15 million in endorsements a year, which would make her one of the world’s top-paid female athletes.
Czech Kvitova, who reached her first grand slam final since 2014, is second, with $1,679,805, with the two beaten semi-finalists, Karolina Pliskova and Danielle Collins, third and fourth.
Collins had never won a match at the Australian Open before this year and the former US college player more than doubled her career earnings.
Serena Williams is down in 10th place with $342,246, having been beaten by Pliskova in the quarterfinals in Melbourne, leaving her still chasing what would be a record-tying 24th grand slam title.
China’s Zhang Shuai and former US Open champion Sam Stosur are at six and seven, having joined forces to win the doubles title at Melbourne Park.
Here is the WTA Top 10 prize money earners:
1. Naomi Osaka (Japan): $3,104,114
2. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic): $1,679,805
3. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic): $873,311
4. Danielle Collins (USA): $707,802
5. Ash Barty (Australia): $425,628
6. Zhang Shaui (China): $403, 189
7. Sam Stosur (Australia): $359,594
8. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia): $359,396
9. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine): $356,901
10. Serena Williams (USA): $342,246
(Source: WTA Tour)