30 Jan 2009

Serena Williams becomes women's highest all-time prize money winner

2:20 pm on 30 January 2009

Australian Tennis Open finalist Serena Williams has deposed golfing legend Annika Sorenstam as the all-time career prize money leader in women's sport.

Ahead of the Open final Williams has earned $US22,725,475 ($NZ44.3 million), overtaking the now-retired Sorenstam who held the record for career earnings.

Williams turned professional at the age of fourteen in 1995 and in her 14-year career she has won every major title as well as nine grand slams, becoming only the sixth woman to achieve such a feat.

Serena faces Russia's Dinara Safina for the Australian Open title tomorrow.