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Whopping $12 Million Serena Williams Reveal Proves Her Resounding Dominance Over WTA Rivals Will Be Impossible to Reciprocate

Published 11/21/2023, 4:39 AM EST

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During her illustrious journey, Serena Williams has enjoyed a number of remarkable seasons on the women’s tour. However, it was the former tennis ace’s 2013 season that is considered one of the greatest in the history of the sport. While delivering consistent on-court performances, the WTA legend amassed 11 singles titles, including two Grand Slam triumphs, in that particular tennis calendar.

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On top of this, the ‘Queen of the Court’ also secured two runners-up finishes, while she also had her best winning percentage of 95.1%,  which is also the highest since 1990. With a 78-4 match record under her belt, the American tennis icon further concluded the 2013 season as the number one player on the WTA Tour. In the process, the 23-time singles Grand Slam champion also eclipsed a $10 million prize milestone, which hasn’t been surpassed by any other WTA player since then.

No other WTA player has managed to emulate Serena Williams’ 2013 prize money achievement


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With 11 WTA singles titles in her bag, the American tennis legend reclaimed the world No. 1 status in singles and further managed to maintain the rankings till the end of the 2013 season. Serena Williams’ phenomenal achievement in that particular tennis calendar year also made her the first player to surpass the $10 million prize mark.

The former tennis ace, who had her best winning percentage of 95.1% in 2013, bagged a total prize money of $12,385,572 in that season.  A decade has passed since Williams achieved the milestone, yet no other WTA player has been able to emulate it.


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While no player has ever taken home this amount of prize money in a single season, a few well-known players on the women’s circuit have come very close to this mark.


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Who has surpassed the $10 million prize mark on the women’s tour?

Ashleigh Barty previously came close to this prize money mark that was bagged by her former American colleague. The Australian former tennis player, who clinched her first major title at the 2019 French Open, also concluded the season as the number one in the singles.

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Due to her remarkable on-court achievements, the three-time Grand Slam singles champion bagged a total prize of  $11,307,587 in that particular season. Apart from Barty, the German tennis star Angelique Kerber also surpassed the $10 million prize mark in 2016, when she bagged a total of $10,136,615 in that season.

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Written by:

Anurag Gusain


One take at a time

Like millions of fans around the world, my foray into the world of tennis began after witnessing the incredible domination of the ‘King of Clay’ over the past decade. It was my passion for tennis that initially drew me to the dynamic field of sports journalism. My professional journey in sports journalism with EssentiallySports has seen me cover over 1000 articles, focusing on almost every ATP and WTA tournament, including Grand Slams.
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