Chanda Rubin and James Blake spoke, on Tennis Channel, about Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and many more WTA players leading the highest-paid female athletes list. Rubin said: "How many years Sharapova has been there, Serena as well.
How quickly Osaka has moved up to number two, just from last year post US Open so it's pretty impressive but tennis is definitely where it's at. These women are becoming global icons, that's why the money has grown so much and even if you look at somebody who has retired like Li Na, who was a pioneer and really set some precedence in terms of in those areas.
It's great to see and we are seeing the tournaments growing, in different countries. Blake, who is the Miami Open Tournament Director, added: "It's great because the game has become so much global. There are sponsors coming from every direction, from lots of different countries, to see a very international flavour too to that list with Garbine Muguruza, Naomi Osaka.
It seems like the entire world is appreciating tennis. It's great to see Serena on top, obviously well deserved for being the greatest in my opinion. So it's good to see her on top and getting what she deserves. Whoever you come from, you get an opportunity in tennis.
It's nice to see." On Serena's win over Ekaterina Alexandrova, he concluded: "Ups and downs, Serena down in both sets, coming through that and looking better and better. So it's exciting to see those two when they do play their best they are the biggest hitters and it should be fun to see.
For her to win tomorrow, I do not think she can give herself that kind of slow start, and put herself behind the baseline like she did in the last two matches."