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The US Women’s National Soccer Team May be grabbing all the headlines this summer, but only one member - Alex Morgan - of that kick ass team of athletes made the list of the 15 highest paid female athletes. The equal pay issue for the women’s team is a big issue. However, the truth is, if you’re a female athletes who wants to make big bucks, you’d better make sure you play tennis. Thirteen of the women on the list are professional tennis players. The list is rounded out with one golfer, one soccer player, and one badminton player. ⠀
When it comes to tennis, Serena Williams remains the highest paid for the fourth consecutive year. However, Naomi Osaka, who upset Williams to win the US Open last year has had a great year professionally and earnings wise. Her off-court earnings jumped from $1.5 million a year to $16 million after being Serena. Osaka became the third female athletes to earn $20 million/year. ⠀
Serena Williams earned $4.2 million in prize money and $25 million in endorsement, earning a total of $29.2 million this year.