American tennis champ Serena Williams who holds several records in the sport has penned an open letter to all women on the hurdles they face on the road to success.
Sharing her childhood dream, Serena says that her aim was not to become the best female tennis player, but to become the best tennis player there ever was: "My fight began when I was three and I haven't taken a break since."
Pointing out that her race and gender have been called flaws or disadvantages, Serena says that she considered them to be "fuel" for her success instead.
Even though she has countless achievements to her credit, she gets frustrated when the topic of equal pay comes up. The same sacrifices and hard work put in by female sportspersons are just not given equally recognition.
Serena pertinently raises the point that male athletes like LeBron, Tiger Woods, and Federer are not called the world's best male athletes, while the gender tag never seems to leave her.
Serena ends her emotional note with the hope that her story of resilience will inspire many more women to be "bold in their pursuits".
Read her letter posted on Instagram here: