Wimbledon prize money: Serena Williams becomes third highest-earning player in tennis history after victory over Angelique Kerber

 
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Day Twelve: The Championships - Wimbledon 2016
Golden girl: Williams secured her seventh Wimbledon singles crown (Source: Getty)

Serena Williams became the third highest-earning tennis player in history after defeating Angelique Kerber in straight sets on centre court.

The American's 7-5 6-3 victory secured a seventh Wimbledon singles crown and brought her level with Steffi Graf on a record 22.

It also won her a pay cheque worth £2m, which represents the biggest prize of her career to date and takes her above Rafael Nadal in the tennis rich list with total earnings to $80.2m.

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Only Roger Federer on $98.7m and Novak Djokovic on $101.9m have made more on the court.

Most successful women in the Open Era

Rank Name Aus Open French Open Wimbledon US Open Total grand slam titles
1 Steffi Graf 4 6 7 5 22
1 Serena Williams 6 3 7 6 22
3 Chris Evert 2 7 3 6

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3 Martina Navratilova 3 2 9 4 18
5 Margaret Court 4 3 1 3 11
6 Monica Seles 4 3 0 2 9
7 Billie Jean King 0 1 4 3 8
8 E. Goolagong Cawley 4 1 2 0 7
8 Justine Henin 1 4 0 2 7
8 Venus Williams 0 0 5 2 7

The next highest-earning player in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) is the currently suspended Maria Sharapova who has made $36.5m, making her seventh in the all time prize money list behind Pete Sampras on $43.3m.

This year's winner's prize was Wimbledon's biggest yet with the All England Club paying out £120,000 more than what Williams received for winning a sixth title last year.

Yet it is the US Open which narrowly takes the mantle as the richest grand slam in tennis, paying last year's US Open winners — Djokovic and Flavia Pennetta — the equivalent of £2.1m each.

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