Move Over Serena, Naomi Osaka Now the Highest-Paid Female Athlete

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Stories Shaping Sports and Business: May 22nd

Naomi Osaka Highest-Paid Female Athlete in 2020

Serena Williams has been the highest-paid female athlete in the world for the last four years, but this year there’s a new top earner. According to a Forbes report, 22-year-old tennis star Naomi Osaka earned $37.4 million in the last 12 months, which is an all-time record for a female athlete. 

The Japanese tennis player shattered the previous earnings record which was set in 2015 by Maria Sharapova, who earned $29.7 million.

Osaka has five career titles, including wins at the Australian and U.S. Open, and is currently the 10th-ranked female tennis player in the world.

Two of her biggest endorsement deals are with Nike and Body Armor. 

Phil, Brady, Peyton and Tiger ... OH MY

"The Match II" which is what the golf tournament between pro golfers Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and NFL superstars Peyton Manning and Tom Brady is set for Sunday May 24. Woods is teamed up with Manning while Brady is paired with Mickelson.

The foursome are competing in a charity based golf contest that will raise around $10 million for COVID 19 relief. Capital One is sponsoring the event which takes place at Medalist Golf Club in Florida.

Woods and Mickelson went head-to-head in the original "Match" back in 2018, with Mickelson edging out Woods.

What’s a fun day out on the golf course without some wagers?

Sports bettors can gamble on the winner in a variety of ways. On DraftKings Sportsbook Woods and Manning are the favorites at -195. Mickelson and Brady are the underdogs at +165.

DraftKings also has prop bets for The Match, including odds for a hole-in-one, which is set at +5000. Also available are bets on the leader after the 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th and 15th holes and about a dozen others.

Fans can watch the action on TNT and TBS starting at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Daily Coronavirus Update

Worldwide, there are over 5.1 million cases of the virus, with over 333,000 deaths. There are 1.5 million cases in the U.S., with over 95,000 deaths. In Russia, there are 326,000 cases and Brazil has over 310,000 cases. The United Kingdom has over 255,000 cases with over 36,000 deaths.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has weighed in on Moderna’s vaccine candidate. Fauci told NPR Friday that "having looked at the data myself, it is really quite promising." He also noted, however, that full data have not been peer-reviewed. That data will be peer-reviewed in the coming weeks, Fauci said. 

He also said that multiple vaccine candidates are already making doses before health officials are "completely sure that it works." The possible vaccine has come under scrutiny in recent days following an article in STAT News where experts noted that the company only released limited data about the vaccine study results. 

STAT News pointed out that while the 45 subjects in the test who received certain doses of the drug developed binding antibodies, just eight volunteers developed neutralizing antibodies, which are the kinds of antibodies you want to see in vaccine test results.

TheStreet's Katherine Ross contributed to this report.