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Thursday, May 23, 2024

The 25 Highest-Paid Women’s Tennis Players

  • Williams sisters take the top 2 spots.
  • $57 million gap between first and fifth position.
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Tennis stands out among professional sports for offering equal prize money to both male and female competitors at its four grand slam tournaments. However, this parity is not yet universal. The WTA has announced plans to extend equal prize money to all combined 1000- and 500-level events by 2027, aiming to close the pay gap across the sport.

One of the most decorated tennis players of all time, 23-time major champion Serena Williams is the highest-paid female tennis player with $94.8 million in total career earnings. Williams retired in 2022, but remains a prominent figure in the tennis community.

Trailing Serena in the second position is her sister, seven-time major champ Venus Williams. Venus boasts total career earnings of over $42.5 million. Taking the third slot is Simona Halep with total career earnings of $40.2 million.

Rounding out the top five are five-time major champion, Maria Sharapova and two-time major champion, Petra Kvitova. Sharapova and Kvitova have total career earnings of $38.78 million and $37.25 million, respectively.

The Highest-Paid Tennis Players

Here is the full list of the 25 highest-paid female tennis players by total career earnings. The list was compiled using data from Spotrac.

  • Updated: April 30, 2024
  • Will be updated again: July 1, 2024
RankPlayerMajor Championships Compensation
1Serena Williams23$94,816,730
2 Venus Williams7$42,595,397
3 Simona Halep2$40,203,437
4Maria Sharapova5$38,777,962
5 Petra Kvitova2$37,252,032
6Victoria Azarenka2$37,071,354
7 Caroline Wozniacki1$35,679,738
8Angelique Kerber3$32,183,533
9Agnieszka Radwanska0$27,683,807
10 Iga Swiatek4$25,968,071
11Svetlana Kuznetsova2$25,816,890
12Karolina Pliskova0$25,695,499
13Garbiñe Muguruza2$24,813,379
14Martina Hingis5$24,749,074
15Kim Clijsters4$24,545,194
16Ashleigh Barty3$23,829,070
17Elina Svitolina0$23,178,953
18Aryna Sabalenka1$22,616,584
19Lindsay Davenport3$22,166,338
20Steffi Graf22$21,895,277
21Martina Navratilova18$21,626,089
22 Naomi Osaka4$21,355,974
23Justine Henin7$20,863,335
24Samantha Stosur1$20,069,776
25Jelena Jankovic0$19,089,259
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