In a Facebook post on Wednesday, tennis superstar Serena Williams described an incident where a man tried to steal her cellphone at a Chinese food restaurant -- and she tracked him down to get it back.
Serena, the younger of the Williams sisters, said she was eating at the restaurant when she became suspicious of a guy standing next to her. She did not say in the post where the restaurant was located.
"So this guy is standing next to me and something (I have now dubbed it my SUPERHERO sense) told me to watch him," she wrote. "My phone was sitting in the chair but I just didn't feel right. He was there too long."
The 34-year-old said she wondered if the suspicious man was a customer, and tried to shake an eerie feeling she had.
"However, I kept watching him from the corner of my eye. Than when least expected (sic) low and behold this common petty thief grabbed my phone and swiftly left. I looked at the chair, than shouted "Omg that dude took my phone!!'" she recalled.
Williams said without thinking, she reacted. She said she jumped up, weaved her way through the restaurant, leaped over a chair or two and chased the suspected thief down.
"He began to run but I was too fast," she wrote.
Williams said she was on him in a flash.
"In the most menacing yet calm no nonsense voice I could muster I kindly asked him if he "accidentally" took the wrong phone," she recalled. "He stumbled on his words probably not expecting this to happen. While he was thinking of the right thing to say and eventually he said "Gosh you know what I did! It was so confusing in there. I must have grabbed the wrong phone.'"
Williams said she got the phone back, swiftly thanked him and left.
"Superhero? Maybe? Or HELL YEA!! I've got the speed the jumps, the power, the body, the seduction, the sex appeal, the strength, the leadership and yet the calm to weather the storm," she wrote. "Always listen to your superhero inner voice. Always keep your things close! Fight for what's right. Stand for what you believe in! Be a superhero!"
Williams wrote that when she got back into the restaurant she received a standing ovation. When she wrote it up for Facebook, she included a picture of herself in a super hero costume.
"I was proud. I just showed every man in there I can stand up to bully's and other men," she wrote. "It was a win for the ladies! Just because you are a lady don't be afraid to step up to any challenge and not be a victim but a hero!"