Just how dominant has Serena’s form been over the past few years? Currently, the differential in Williams’ ranking points over No. 2 ranked Maria Sharapova is equivalent to the distance between Sharapova and the 138th ranked player on the women’s tour. Not surprisingly, this has led to Serena being listed as the EVEN favorite for the 2015 U.S. Open odds.
But Serena is no stranger to leaving the competition far behind. At only 33 years old, Serena and her 21 Grand Slam singles titles have earned $73,293,424 in overall prize money. This is the most ever won by a women’s tennis player and doubles second place Maria Sharapova’s $35 million in career earnings. If Serena can capture this U.S. Open for the seventh time in her illustrious career, these earnings will see a “small” bump of $3.3 million in prize money.
While we will have to watch and see how Serena’s path to history shapes up, two things are certain at this U.S. Open. Serena will be dominating sports headlines throughout the duration and the taxman will be dominating checkbooks after the U.S. Open.