She’s had to put up with a barrage of online abuse from Twitter trolls who say she is “built like a man”.

But Serena Williams has shown her critics it’s not what your body looks like, but what it can do, that matters.

Serena Williams

Posing in a striking photo shoot, she effortlessly kept herself suspended between two metal poles by doing the splits.

In the powerful image the tennis star flaunts her impressive six-pack and well-muscled legs in a cut-out black leotard.

It comes just a month after her Wimbledon victory – her 21st Grand Slam title – saw the 33-year-old facing abuse over her physique.

Posting the picture on Instagram, New York Magazine wrote: “@serenawilliams looks absolutely incredible in these #NormanJeanRoy photos from our cover story!

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