The Laureus Sports Awards is arguably the most prestigious cross-discipline awards in the world at the moment and it's 2014 list of nominations is as strong a line-up as ever.

It is a difficult to task to decide whether one particular athlete has performed the most impressively over the preceding year, but Laureus have taken it on nonetheless.

Williams leads a stellar cast of incredible female athletes from sports such as football, downhill, athletics and swimming for the Sportswoman category, which is one of seven different categories - the others being Sportman, Team, Comeback, Breakthrough, Action and Disability.

Here we are interested in the Sportswoman award, but we have also listed the nominations for the Sportsman and Team awards - see the official Laureus website for more information on the awards.

Click to start the slideshow and see which sportswomen are up for the award...

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