Serena Williams at the US Open.
Serena Williams at the US Open. JASON SZENES

Williams pens letter to show disgust at gender bias

TENNIS: Serena Williams has written an open letter outlining her frustrations over the double standards faced by women in sports.

In the letter addressed "To all incredible women who strive for excellence”, published in Porter Magazine, the 22-time grand slam champion writes that women "are constantly reminded” they aren't men.

"People call me one of the 'world's greatest female athletes',” she writes.

"Do they say LeBron is one of the world's best male athletes? Is Tiger? Federer? Why not? They are certainly not female.

"We should never let this go unchallenged. We should always be judged by our achievements, not by our gender.”

Williams said the equal pay issue was particularly frustrating because women "have done the same work and made the same sacrifices as our male counterparts”.

"I would never want my daughter to be paid less than my son for the same work. Nor would you.”