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Serena Sets Prize Money Record

SERENA Williams has set a single-season prize money record on the women's tour by earning US$6,545,586 in 2009, according to the Women's Tennis Association.

The 11-time grand slam champion and world No. 1 now has career earnings approaching US$30 million.

"It's incredible how much women's tennis has grown in the last few years and that the Tour has increased our prize money so significantly," Williams said.

"We are very fortunate to have an opportunity to be so well rewarded for doing something we love."

This season Williams eclipsed the previous record of US$5,429,586 set by Belgian Justine Henin in 2007.

This year, Williams also surpassed Lindsay Davenport as record holder in career prize money earnings on the Tour, and became the first professional female athlete to earn more than US$23 million in a single professional sports league.


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