Garbine Muguruza prize money: Spaniard becomes highest earning female tennis player of 2017 after defeating Venus Williams in Wimbledon final

 
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Champion: Muguruza won in straight sets (Source: Getty)

Newly-crowned Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza has become the highest-earning women tennis player in prize money this year, after she beat Venus Williams in straight sets in the final.

The Spaniard triumphed 7-5 6-0 over 37-year-old Williams to secure a £2.2m pay cheque - the largest in the tournament's history.

Muguruza has now received $3.9m (£3m) from her achievements on the court this year, which have also included an Australian Open quarter-final.

The 23-year-old's prize money earnings for the 2017 season are now $1m larger than world No2 Simona Halep who is the second-biggest earner on $2.9m.

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Wimbledon victory also rockets Muguruza into the top 30 prize money earners in WTA history with a total $14.1m amassed in six years as a professional.

Yet she will need to win many more Slams if she is to catch up with her vanquished opponent Venus Williams whose $1.4m runners-up prize is enough to see her overtake Maria Sharapova to second in the WTA career prize money leaders.

Williams has now made $37.6m in her career, $1m more than Sharapova but a significant $47m less than her unequalled sister who has made a staggering $84.5m in prize money.