Serena Williams won her 18th grand slam title in yesterday’s U.S. Open women singles final. Williams handily outplayed opponent Caroline Wozniacki, winning 6-3 in a 75 minute match, according to ESPN. This is Williams’ third consecutive U.S. Open championship.
Williams’ 18 title wins are tied with the record wins of tennis players Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.
“I never dreamed that I could be compared to Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova,” Williams said in her post-match press conference, as reported by Forbes in an article naming Williams as the greatest American tennis player ever. “I was just a kid with a dream and a racket living in Compton.”
U.S. Open Win Nets Williams $4M in Prize Money
“You really deserved [to win] today,” Wozniacki said to Williams following the match. “You played better than me … You’re an unbelievable friend, and you definitely owe drinks later.”
Williams confirmed that rounds would be on her, and she can definitely afford to cover them. The win gave the tennis star’s bank account a boost, earning her $3 million for the title and a bonus $1 million for topping the North American summer hard-court circuit. The resulting $4 million total is a record in tennis, reports ESPN.
Of course, Serena Williams isn’t new to setting records. In 2009, Williams became the female athlete with the highest career prize winnings, at $22.7 million, breaking a record set by golf star Annika Sorenstam.
Serena Williams Is Now the Highest-Earning Female Athlete
Not only is Williams still the highest on-court earner among female athletes, her U.S. Open win pushed her past the $60 million mark for money earned through competing, making her the first female athlete to pass that earning landmark.
Serena Williams is not the top-paid female athlete in recent years, losing out to fellow tennis star Maria Sharapova in total earnings the past two years when including total earnings from endorsements, according to Forbes.
But when considering prize money alone, Serena Williams is the clear front-runner. Her prize winnings of $8.5 million in 2013 and $11 million in 2014 were the highest numbers on Forbes’ lists of the highest-paid female athletes. Her $60 million in career earnings is nearly double Maria Sharapova’s, who holds second place in career winnings.
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