Wimbledon prize money: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to take career earnings past $70m

 
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Williams is the highest earning woman in Wimbledon history (Source: Getty)

Serena Williams took her career earnings over $70m (£45m) with a swift straight sets semi-final win over Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon today.

In an easier (and quicker) victory than against British competitor Heather Watson last week, Williams won 6-2, 6-4.

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The iconic five-time champion reached the Wimbledon final for an eighth time where she will have the chance to win her sixth singles title, 21st major singles title and the so-called "Serena Slam" - all four Grand Slams held at the same time.

Oh, and there's the little matter of the guaranteed £940,000 ($1.45m) prize money the All England Club awards to singles finalists.

The tennis titan is already the highest-earning women and second-highest earning player in Wimbledon history with $8.99m made from her 15 trips to SW19.

A 17th consecutive victory over Sharapova this afternoon - a run that dates back to 2004, the same year the Russian last won Wimbledon - boosts that total to $9.72m.

Only seven-time champion Roger Federer has won more.

Serena Williams

  • Career prize money: $71m
  • Wimbledon prize money: $8.99m
  • 2015 prize money: $6.2m
  • 2015 Wimbledon prize money (so far):  $720,000

This year's tournament boasts the biggest prize money paycheques in tennis history with £1.88m ($2.9m) awarded to singles winners from an overall prize pool of £26.8m ($41.27m).

With six Australian Open titles, three from Roland Garros, six at the US Open and five Wimbledon championships - Williams is the highest earning women in the sport's history with career prize money of $69.7m.

Her vanquished opponent today has the second-largest career prize money winnings but is still a way off with $35m heading into this year's tournament.

Sharapova, who has twice reached the Wimbledon final but also suffered a series of second and fourth-round exits, has made $3.6m from the competition including this year's £407,000 ($723,300) reward.

Both champions have been among the first generation of female players competing for equal pay to the men - a measure introduced by the All England Club in 2007.

Steffi Graf, who won Wimbledon a record seven times between 1988 and 1996, made just over $2.6m from her titles.

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