Serena Williams versus. Naomi Osaka: in numbers
The two biggest stars of women’s tennis face off in the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday evening (Thursday afternoon Australian time). A place to the final is on the line as Naomi Osaka aims for a second consecutive Grand Slam victory, after winning the US Open in September, while Serena Williams pursues a record 24th major title.
This is their fourth career clash, aside from an exhibition match in Australia last month. The most famous, of course, came at the 2018 US Open, which launched Osaka as a marketing star but ended in controversy when Williams was penalized with a point and then a game for violation. of the “code”. Osaka often spoke of her admiration for williams.
These are the two highest paid female athletes on the planet by a landslide, both earning at least five times as much as any other female athlete in terms of endorsements. Tennis is the only sport where women are on a par with men in terms of income, but Williams and Osaka have parted ways with the pack, led by the WME and IMG arms of talent agency giant Endeavor.
You can catch the action on ESPN2 starting at 10:00 PM EST. Here’s a look at the two tennis aces in numbers.
1: Osaka reached number one in the WTA rankings in January 2019, becoming the first player of Asian descent, male or female, to top the world rankings. His two summit races totaled 25 weeks.
3: that of Osaka current world rank; Williams is No. 11.
4: Olympic gold medals for Williams, including three in doubles with his sister Venus.
6: Osaka has just six career singles titles, but made them count, with half of them Slam wins.
7: Masks Naomi brought to New York for last year’s Open, each named after a black victim of racist violence or police brutality. She had to wear all seven on her way to the title. When asked on court after winning the final what message she wanted to send with the masks, she drawn back: “What was the message you received, that’s more the question. I feel like the point is to get people to start talking.
19: Osaka begins his face-off in the semifinals with a streak of 19 consecutive victories.
22: Any Japanese who has dual nationality must choose a nationality before turning 22 years old. It was a weighty choice for Naomi, who was born to a Japanese mother and a Haitian-American father. She chose Japanese and is expected to be one of the faces of the delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics, with a slew of Japanese brands on her approval list.
50: Williams launched Serena Ventures in 2014 and invested in over 50 startups, with a focus on businesses founded by women or people of color.
73: Career titles for Williams, fifth in history.
85.2%: Percentage of career wins for Williams.
319: Williams was the No. 1 player in the world for 319 weeks during her career, the third in history, and most recently in 2017. She initially set a record in 2013 as the No. 1 oldest at 31 years old.
1995: Williams made his professional wild card debut that year and lost 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of qualifying. She only returned to the tour in 1997, the year Osaka was born. She won her first Slam at the US Open two years later.
$ 216,000: Average household income for fans at the 2019 US Open. Well-heeled tennis fans are why brands in financial services, watches, cars and more are paying top dollar for sports stars to showcase their goods.
$ 2.1 million: Prize money for the winner of the Australian Open.
30.4 million: Social media followers combined for Williams on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
$ 37.4 million: Osaka’s 12-month earnings tally, including cash prizes, endorsements, and appearance fees. It was a record for a female athlete. She ranked 29th among 100 highest paid athletes while Williams was No.33.
$ 93.6 million: The career prize money for Williams, which is $ 52 million more than his sister Venus, who ranks second in history, has raised. Osaka is No. 22 with $ 17.8 million.
$ 225 million: Net value for Williams.
$ 360 million: Career Earnings for Williams from Cash Prizes, Appearances, and Endorsements, as of June 2020.