Simona Halep matches Serena and Venus Williams with illustrious earnings milestone
Simona Halep has become just the third ever WTA player to earn over US$40 million behind Serena and Venus Williams after winning the Canadian Open.
The former world number one claimed a third Canadian Open title by defeating Beatriz Haddad Maia in the final, her first trophy in Toronto after two previous victories in Montreal.
That means Halep has now earned US$40,107,097 to date in her career, putting the Romanian star third on the WTA tour in the Open Era and eighth overall including ATP pros.
Venus Williams is second and seventh in those categories with US$42,285,378, while sister Serena is well out in front among the women with US$94,588,910, putting her fourth among all players.
The top 10 highest earning tennis players all have at least two Major singles titles to their name, with the nine besides Halep each with three or more Slam crowns.
The highest earning non-Slam champion is currently Alexander Zverev, who is 14th overall with US$32,407,055.
While all four Slams have offered equal prize money at all levels to both men and women since 2007, there remains a large disparity in pay in much of the calendar.
As an example, 2022 Montreal Masters champion Pablo Carreno Busta earned US$915,295 for his title run, and finalist Hubert Hurkacz himself secured US$499,830.
Meanwhile, Halep won US$439,700 for her Toronto title, with runner-up Haddad Maia claiming US$259,100, less than Dan Evans and Casper Ruud earned in reaching the semi-finals of Montreal.
After victory in the opening round of Cincinnati, Halep takes on Veronika Kudermetova next for a place in the last 16.
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