Female bodies are often portrayed as an inconvenience, with Williams' nipples showing through her tight Nike top drawing more attention than her game play over the course of the tournament. Similarly we're told that young girls are distracting to schoolboys, as if that's our problem rather than theirs. Sport helps us build self confidence that society does so much to destroy.
Perception is everything. First of all, don't jump on me for not using the word 'heroine' in the title. I know some will, but playing the politically correct game of appeasement by referencing Serena's gender is missing the point. An argument pitting men and women against each other in a battle for equality and respect is not what this is about.
As we head towards our first anniversary, Sportswomen returned to the all new Sky Sports News HQ studio for a third series today at the new time of 11.30am. This series of the show promises to showcase the very best in women's' sport and there couldn't be a better time for us to return! This summer produced some of the best ever results in women's sport and we're excited to be able to celebrate key successes.
From warrior-like to more slender, ESPN champions the various physiques of athletes from different disciplines. And there's no question to which category Venus falls into. The former no.1 seed and seven-time Grand Slam champion is known for her strength and speed - she has the fastest serve ever recorded by a woman at 129mph - is ferocious on court and has a body to die for.
Serena Williams' demise turned the ripples into shockwaves at a French Open full of surprises as Maria Sharapova assumed the mantle of title favourite...