US Open Sensation Emma Raducanu Beats Naomi Osaka’s Paycheck in 2021

Published 11/22/2021, 3:30 PM EST
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


The 2021 tennis season witnessed some quite intriguing moments. While Novak Djokovic equalising his two arch-rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in the Grand Slam tally is a significant feat of the year, the show-stopper was the then 18-year-old Emma Raducanu coming straight from qualifying and winning the US Open 2021.

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The year-end rankings have come and fans can even have a look at the stats revealing which player earned how many points throughout the year. Interestingly, they can also see which ATP and WTA player earned the maximum amount of prize money this year.

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Emma Raducanu earned more prize money than Naomi Osaka in 2021

Even though 4-time Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka, is one of the highest earning players in tennis, she failed to beat Raducanu when it comes to on-court earnings in the 2021 tennis season. The Japanese star earned $2,306,222 in the prize money whereas Raducanu won a total of $2,807,446 in the prize money.

Osaka failed to win any other title except the Australian Open this year. Intriguingly, she didn’t even feature at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 and played just a single match at the French Open 2021. On the other hand, since the US Open offers the highest amount of prize money, Raducanu easily went past Osaka.

Aug 19, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Naomi Osaka (JPN) reacts during a match against Jil Teichmann (SUI) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

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Who earned the maximum prize money in the 2021 tennis season?

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In the women’s domain, it is World No.1 Ashleigh Barty who topped the list of players with the maximum amount of prize money this year. The 2-time Grand Slam champion won five titles this year and grabbed a total of $3,945,192 from her on-court earnings.

Aug 22, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Ashleigh Barty (AUS) reacts to a shot during her match against Jil Teichmann (SUI not pictured) during the Western and Southern Open final at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Surprisingly, Venus and Serena Williams don’t feature in the list of top 20 female players with the highest amount of prize money this year. They both didn’t play much tennis in 2021 and thus, couldn’t find a place in the list.

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Fans believe that many new and emerging talents can add their names to this list next year. Will Raducanu be able to get to the top of the list after the end of the next season?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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