Serena Williams Sets Earning Record

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This weekend 20 year old golfer, Michelle Wie won her first championship. This is pretty exciting, especially since she has been playing in LPGA events since she was 12, but we aren't going to talk much about that this week because something much more glamorous happened in women's sports this weekend. Serena Williams set the record for earning the most prize money in a single season in the WTA. EVER.

In 2009 Serena Williams made $6,545,586.

Six and a half million dollars, AND CHANGE. Not too shabby.

Williams broke the record previously held by Justine Heinen. In 2007 Heinen earned $5,429,586. That isn't chump change either but Serena beat the record by over a million dollars.

Will that be how people remember Serena in 2009? Probably not. I'm guessing that they will remember her eruption during the U.S. open semi-finals.

Sadly, that will most likely be how most people remember the entire WTA season but it isn't the only cool thing that happened in women's tennis this year. Diana from Women Who Serve created an entire Top 10 list dedicated to interesting events in the WTA this year. Her number one is about Serena in an event that I haven't even mentioned yet.

1. 2009 Wimbledon semifinals--Williams def. Dementieva, 6-7, 7-5, 8-6
"Instant classic" doesn't begin to describe the 2-hour-and-49-minute extravaganza that was the Serena Williams-Elena Dementieva Wimbledon semifinal. The longest women's semifinal in Wimbledon history, this match had just about everything--brilliant shot-making, big serving, constant changes of momentum, significant netcord points, and some tense challenges. There was a hardly a moment that didn't provide precision, artistry, excitement--or all three. Each woman elevated her game to such an extent that almost every groundstroke or volley seemed more important than the last. Williams would go on to defeat her sister, the defending champion, and win the tournament.

Clearly Serena Williams has had quite the eventful year, but no matter how you look at it she goes into 2010 as a much more affluent lady. So now Serena Williams is a designer, an actress, a model, a spokesperson, and pretty much a lock for the tennis hall of fame. Serena is an icon and now she can add top single-season prize winner to her resume.

Contributing Editor Sarah also blogs at Sarah and the Goon Squad, Draft Day Suit and MamaPop.

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