Coco Gauff, top-earning female athlete in 2023

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Nineteen-year-old Coco Gauff tops the list of the highest-paid female athletes in 2023. Tennis players continue to dominate women’s sports when it comes to financial compensation for their work, as seven out of Top 10 earners are from the WTA.

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The world No.3 Gauff, who famously said that she didn’t know what to spend her $3 million US Open champion’s prize money on, claimed a staggering $6.7 million from tournaments and amassed an impressive $16 million through endorsements during 2023.

Following closely behind, WTA No.1 Iga Swiatek secured the second spot on the earnings chart within women’s sports. The Pole garnered $9.9 million in prize money and a noteworthy $12 million from sponsorships.

Emma Raducanu clinched the fourth position despite earning a modest $238,000 from her tennis performances. Nonetheless, the Brit’s marketability translated into a substantial $16 million from endorsement deals.

Even without participating in tennis competitions due to pregnancy and maternity leave, Naomi Osaka claimed the fifth spot, amassing $15 million through lucrative sponsorship agreements.

Contrastingly, the subsequent players ranked at positions No.6 through 8—Aryna Sabalenka, Elena Rybakina, and Jessica Pegula—earned nearly double from prize money compared to endorsements.

Leylah Fernandez, ranked world No.35 and notably recognized for her runner-up finish at the 2021 US Open, earned $1.1 million on the court in 2023. However, her impressive $5 million in endorsements secured her the 13th position in the earnings list.

Finally, WTA No.6 Ons Jabeur secured the 15th spot in the list of top earners. The Tunisian’s $3.2 million from tournaments, coupled with $2.5 million from sponsors, contributed to her overall earnings.

Apart from the prominently dominant tennis players, the list of Top 15 highest-earning female athletes showcases women excelling in sports such as skiing, gymnastics, golf, and football. (source: Sportico via Yardbarker)

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