Women have started to leave their mark in every field they step into. Be it movies, businesses, or even sports, they have set a standard and established themselves successfully.
As for sports, some of the most incredible women have left their mark in tennis. They have grown to be so successful that today they are not just idolized by many but also considered to be the richest female tennis players of all time.
Here are the eight richest female tennis players of all time.
1. Serena Williams
|Full Name||Serena Jameka Williams|
|Nickname (s)||Meeka, Momma Smash, ReRe|
|Date of Birth||26th September 1981 (41 years old as of 2022)|
|Place of Birth||Saginaw, Michigan, USA|
|Profession||Tennis player, Writer, Businessperson, Voice Actor, Fashion Designer|
|Current Residence||Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA|
|Height||5 ft 9 inches / 175 cm|
|Weight||70 kg / 150 lbs|
|Hair Colour||Honey Blonde|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Spouse / Partner||Alexis Ohanian (Married)|
|Children||One (Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.)|
|Net Worth||$260 Million|
Serena Williams is a living tennis legend. She is an inspiration not only for young aspiring tennis players but anyone who wants to make a name for themselves in the challenging male-dominated world.
She has a whopping history of being awarded the Grand Slam single and double title multiple times. Along with her earnings and endorsements, as of 2022, she has a net worth of $260 million and is considered to be one of the richest female tennis players of all time.
Williams is one of the most decorated athletes out there. So far, she has won 73 career singles titles, 23 doubles titles, and 2 mixed double titles.
She is also a four-time Olympic gold medalist. The contribution to her wealth not only goes to her earnings from her matches but to various brand endorsements.
She has endorsement deals with the following brands: AbbVie, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Audemars Piguet, Block Inc, DIRECTV, Inc., Ford Motor, Gatorade, Gucci, Hanesbrands, Nike, Subway, Tonal and Wilson Sporting Goods. Although she has been inactive from tennis this year, she still holds the spot for the wealthiest female tennis player.
And the credit goes to her endorsements, as she has more deals than any other players in her field. Clearly, she deserves to hold the throne for the richest female tennis player of all time.
2. Maria Sharapova
|Full Name||Maria Yuryevna Sharapova|
|Nickname (s)||The Siberian Siren, Sibirskaya Sirena|
|Date of Birth||19th April 1987 (35 years old as of 2022)|
|Place of Birth||Nyagan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union|
|Profession||Tennis Player, Model, Diplomat|
|Current Residence||Bradenton, Florida, USA|
|Height||6 ft 2 inches (188 cm)|
|Weight||59 kg / 130 lbs|
|Spouse / Partner||Alexander Gilkes (Engaged)|
|Net Worth||$220 Million|
Maria Sharapova is one of the most famous tennis players in the world. She has won numerous awards and titles in her career.
She was a well-paid female athlete for over 11 years in a row. That credit sure does go to her earnings from games that she has played.
But the game player in her wealth goes to the multiple brand endorsement deals that she has. As of 2022, she has a net worth of $220 million and is one of the richest female tennis players of all time.
Throughout her career, she has made several notable achievements. Some of the most famous are her five Grand Slams, one year-ending championship, six WTA Tier I singles titles, three WTA Premier Mandatory singles titles, and five WTA Premier 5 singles titles.
She was also the silver medalist in singles at the 2012 London Olympics. Her endorsement deals contribute a significant amount to her wealth.
She has been the face of many fashion brands, such as Cole Haan. Alongside appearing in ads for Nike, Prince, and Canon, she has been the brand ambassador for brands such as Tiffany, Motorola, Tag Heuer, Land Rover, and Porsche. She is also a philanthropist and helps young aspiring children achieve their dreams through Maria Sharapova Foundation.
3. Steffi Graft
|Full Name||Stefanie Maria Graf|
|Nickname (s)||Fraulein Forehand|
|Date of Birth||14th June 1969 (53 years old as of 2022)|
|Place of Birth||Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany|
|Current Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Height||5 ft 9 inches / 175 cm|
|Weight||64 kgs / 140 lbs|
|Children||Two (Son: Jaden Agassi, Daughter: Jaz Agassi)|
|Net Worth||$145 Million|
Steffi Graf is one of the richest female tennis players of all time and has a net worth of $145 million. She is a former German tennis player who has now chosen to spend a quiet life after a successful tennis career.
She has won six French Open singles titles, seven Wimbledon singles titles, four Australian Open titles, and five US Open singles titles. Many young aspiring tennis players idolize her and consider her a role model.
She was named the greatest female tennis player of the 20th century by a panel of experts assembled by the Associated Press.
Her immense wealth is partly due to her successful career and endorsements. She earns a significantly large amount from endorsements. Opel, Rexona, Barilla, and many other brands have endorsement deals with her.
4. Venus Williams
|Full Name||Venus Ebony Starr Williams|
|Nickname (s)||Queen V|
|Date of Birth||17th June 1980 (42 years old as of 2022)|
|Place of Birth||Lynwood, California, USA|
|Profession||Tennis Player, Writer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Designer|
|Current Residence||Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA|
|Height||6 ft 1 inch / 185 cm|
|Weight||75 kg / 170 lbs|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Spouse / Partner||–|
|Net Worth||$95 Million|
Hard work runs in the Williams family, and just like Serena Williams, Venus has also proved it. Venus Williams has made a name for herself in the tennis world.
It is a name that no one will want to forget. And why would they? She is extremely successful, has a net worth of $95 million, and is one of the richest female tennis players of all time.
She has seven Grand Slams titles, five Wimbledon championships, and four Olympic gold medals. Her match earnings undoubtedly contribute to her wealth but so do her endorsement deals.
Did anyone know that Venus signed a deal with Reebok in 1995 as a 14-year-old? Now, how cool is that?
As of 2022, she has endorsement deals with brands such as Wilson, Tide, Kraft, Ralph Lauren, and Lactose. She also has her own clothing line, “EleVen” and her own interior designing firm, “V Starr Interiors”.
She and her sister also own a stake in the NFL team Miami Dolphins. By stepping into the business world, she has truly shown that she is a force to be acknowledged.
5. Li Na
|Full Name||Li Na|
|Nickname (s)||Li, Lee, LiLi|
|Date of Birth||26th February 1982 (40 years old as of 2022)|
|Place of Birth||Wuhan, Hubei, China|
|Current Residence||Wuhan, Hubei|
|Height||5 ft 7 ½ inches / 172 cm|
|Weight||65 kg / 140 lbs|
|Spouse / Partner||Jiang Shan|
|Children||Two ( Daughter: Alisa, Son: Name Unknown)|
|Net Worth||$60 Million|
The first-ever Asian female tennis player to be awarded the Grand Slam title, Li Na, is known to wreak havoc on the tennis court. Li Na is a former Chinese tennis player who has left quite a standard in the tennis world for her exceptional performance.
In 2018, she made $18 million and was one of the most highly-paid athletes. Despite being retired from playing tennis, she still continues to be one of the richest female tennis players of all time, having a net worth of $60 million.
Li Na has paved a long way for many Asians out there. She has won two Grand Slam titles and nine WTA singles titles.
The media couldn’t stop gushing about her after she won her first Grand Slam title, and that’s when she became every brand’s favorite muse. She endorses Babolat, Nike, Mercedes, Samsung, and Rolex.
In fact, in 2018, when she was one of the most highly-paid athletes, Nike was sponsoring her at that time. She endorses not only international brands but also multiple Chinese companies.
Her endorsements have a great contribution to her net worth.
6. Anna Kournikova
|Full Name||Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova|
|Date of Birth||7th June 1981 (41 years old as of 2022)|
|Place of Birth||Moscow, Russia|
|Profession||Tennis Player, Model, Socialite|
|Current Residence||Miami Beach, Florida, USA|
|Height||5 ft 8 inches / 173 cm|
|Weight||56 kgs / 120 lbs|
|Children||Three (Twins: Lucy Iglesias and Nicholas Iglesias, Mary Iglesias)|
|Net Worth||$50 Million|
Anna Kournikova is one of the most beautiful athletes. Her game sure speaks of her sportsmanship, but her beauty is ethereal.
Although it has been quite some time since her retirement from tennis, she is still one of the richest female tennis players of all time, with a net worth of $50 million.
Kournikova never won any titles, but she did have some remarkable moments in her career. She knocked off renowned tennis players such as Steffi Graft, Martina Hingis, and Lindsay Davenport.
She even reached a Wimbledon semi-final when she was 16. In 1999, she became NO.1 in doubles. She enjoyed a rather successful career.
But the popularity of her career was boosted by her magnificent beauty. Her blonde hair and blue eyes stole many hearts.
Her looks also attracted many favorable endorsements. At the peak of her career, she earned an average of $10 million per year from endorsements. Some of her endorsement deals were with Adidas, Omega, and Berlei.
7. Naomi Osaka
|Full Name||Naomi Osaka|
|Date of Birth||16th October 1997|
|Place of Birth||Chūō-Ku, Osaka, Japan|
|Current Residence||Beverly Hills, California, USA|
|Height||5 ft 11 inches / 180 cm|
|Weight||69 kg / 150 lbs|
|Net Worth||$45 Million|
Naomi Osaka has enjoyed a fair tennis career so far. She is brilliant at her game and her many accolades have proved it.
She has been ranked No.1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association. She made millions of Asians proud by holding the top rank in singles. It comes as no surprise that she is one of the richest female tennis players of all time with a fortune estimated to be $45 million.
Osaka is one of the most sought female tennis players for endorsement deals. She has endorsement deals with Yonex, Nissan, Citizen Watch, Nissin Foods, Shiseido, Tag Heuer, and to name a few.
She is also the face of Louis Vuitton. Osaka takes equity stake in crypto exchange FTX. Given her hard work and talent, she sure is deserving of fame.
8. Svetlana Kuznetsova
|Full Name||Svetlana Aleksandrovna Kuznetsova|
|Date of Birth||27th June 1985 (37 years old as of 2022)|
|Place of Birth||Leningrad, Russia|
|Current Residence||Moscow, Russia|
|Height||5 ft 9 inches / 174 cm|
|Weight||73 kgs / 160 lbs|
|Net Worth||$30 Million|
Svetlana Kuznetsova is a Russian female tennis player who has managed to build a throne for herself in the tennis world. She is strong, resilient, and always ready to face challenges.
In her career, she has won two major singles and also won the Australian Open for doubles twice. She hails from a family of celebrated athletes, so it comes as no surprise from where she gets her sportsmanship streak from.
Despite being inactive, as of 2022, she has a net worth of $30 million and is one of the richest female tennis players of all time.
Kuznetsova has had a long endorsement history with Fila. The endorsement deal ended in 2012, but their journey was one to remember.
She appeared in many video games, such as Top Spin 2 and Virtua Tennis 2009. Her earnings from prizes are $25.8 million and this has played a huge role in boosting her fortune.
Some of the most amazing women hold the spot as the richest female tennis players of all time. But that does not mean that the ones that haven’t made a list aren’t amazing.
They are also equally hardworking and brilliant at their game and will make it to the list one day. Just like these talented have made it to the list above, others will also make it here with their dedication.
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