It takes a lot to be a professional athlete: time, commitment, serious dedication, willpower.
For athletes who also are female, it can take even more grit to succeed in the male-dominated world of sports.
Serious female athletes are still asked ridiculous questions about smiling, or their tennis outfits by reporters. In some sports, like US soccer, women are paid one-fourth of the salary that their male-competitors receive. And when women sports are shown in the media, their airtime is miniscule compared to men’s sports.