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By Chris Oddo

Victoria Azarenka closes in on a record-setting $7 million in prize money for 2012

(October 7, 2012) – It’s been a truly fantastic year for Victoria Azarenka, and if you want proof beyond the sheer excellence of the tennis the 23-year-old has produced, look no further than her burgeoning bank account.

With Sunday’s title at the China Open in Beijing, Azarenka broke the WTA’s all-time record for singles (and combined too) prize money in a single season, eclipsing Serena Williams’ highmark, which was set in 2009.

With Azarenka playing Linz this week, and the WTA Championships upcoming in late October, the red-hot Belarusian could break the $8 million mark before it’s all said and done.

Here’s a look at the WTA’s top singles prize money leaders for every year since 2000:

 

YEAR

PLAYER

PRIZE MONEY

2000

MARTINA HINGIS

$3,457,049

2001

VENUS WILLIAMS

$2,405,763

2002

SERENA WILLIAMS

$3,514,731

2003

KIM CLIJSTERS

$3,610,657

2004

MARIA SHARAPOVA

$2,436,466.

2005

KIM CLIJSTERS

$3,779,221

2006

JUSTINE HENIN

$4,204,810

2007

JUSTINE HENIN

$5,367,086

2008

SERENA WILLIAMS

$3,594,119

2009

SERENA WILLIAMS

$5,584,437

2010

KIM CLIJSTERS

$5,019,440

2011

PETRA KVITOVA

$5,131,009

2012

VICTORIA AZARENKA

$6,905,651***


***Serena Williams also held the all-time record for combined money until this year. She earned $6,545,586 combined in 2009. Azarenka has earned $6,916,920 in 2012.

(Photo Credit: Chang Photography)

 

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