Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Serena Tops in Earnings

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Serena Tops in Earnings

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AUSTRALIAN Open finalist Serena Williams has deposed golfing legend Annika Sorenstam as the all-time career prize-money leader in women's sport, the WTA Tour announced yesterday.

The American moved to the top of the bank balance sheets by advancing to the singles final with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Russia's Elena Dementieva and by reaching the doubles final with sister Venus.

Ahead of the two finals, Williams has earned $A34.2 million, overtaking the now-retired Sorenstam who held the record for career earnings with $A33.97 million.

"I'm thrilled with the news. I remember earning my first cheque of $A360 at Quebec City in 1995 and, while I knew I could have a great career in tennis, I could not have imagined or dreamed of all of this," said Williams.

"It's amazing how much women's tennis has grown since I joined the Tour 14 years ago.

"I am very proud to have reached this milestone for me, my family and all women athletes out there. …

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