July 10, 2008

Prize money milestone: Williams Sisters in $20 million club

LONDON, UK - The Williams sisters have been breaking records their entire careers, and many of them in unison. One of those came over the weekend at Wimbledon, but it wasn't winning their seventh Grand Slam doubles title or squaring off in a Grand Slam singles final for the seventh time. This time it's the money talking - and both of them have just joined an elite list of all-time greats in the 20 Million Dollar Club.

Venus Williams collected the winner's cheque from The Championships, Serena Williams took home the runner-up cheque and they shared the doubles winners' cheque, and both surpassed $20 million in career prize money earnings because of it. They are the fifth and sixth in Sony Ericsson WTA Tour history to cross the milestone, following Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis. They both actually passed Hingis' total, and are now No.4 and No.5 all-time:

1. Lindsay Davenport ($22,084,868)
2. Steffi Graf ($21,895,277)
3. Martina Navratilova ($21,626,089)
4. Venus Williams ($20,288,478)
5. Serena Williams ($20,247,546)
6. Martina Hingis ($20,130,657)
7. Justine Henin ($19,461,375)
8. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario ($16,942,640)
9. Monica Seles ($14,891,762)
10. Kim Clijsters ($14,764,296)

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