She’s heralded by many fans and pundits as the greatest female tennis player of all-time.
But don’t be surprised if you see Serena Williams popping up in any of the slew of superhero movies released over the next few years.
That’s because the reigning Wimbledon, Australian Open and French Open champion has told of an extraordinary tale of how she chased down and thwarted a phone thief whilst having dinner in a Chinese restaurant on Tuesday night.
Earlier on Wednesday, Williams, 34, posted the following Instagram notification to her 2.3 million followers, telling a story with more twists and turns than a fairground roller-coaster:
And she wrote:
Soooooo yesterday at dinner the CRAZIEST THING happened to me. I was sitting enjoying some Chinese food (delicious may I add) and this guy stands next to me. It was only 2 of us sitting at a 4 person table just chatting like we have not seen each other in years. Anyways I digress, so this guy is standing next to me and something (I have now dubbed it my SUPERHERO sense) told me to watch him. My phone was sitting in the chair but I just didn’t feel right. He was there too long. “Is he a customer?” I thought “Is he waiting on the bathroom?” nonetheless I tried to shake his this eerie feeling. However, I kept watching him from the corner of my eye. Than when least expected 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!!” Not thinking I reacted (hence the superwoman photo) I jumped up, weaved my way in and out of the cozy restaurant (leaping over a chair or two) and chased him down.
He began to run but I was too fast. (Those sprints came in handy) I was upon 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. 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.” Meanwhile My phone was ringing, my superhero sidekick quailman was face timing me so he could not possibly deny the allegations. I 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.
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!
When I got back into the restaurant I received a standing ovation. I was proud. I just showed every man in there I can stand up to bully’s and other men. It was a win for the ladies!
Williams has been reasonably quiet, and inactive on the tennis court, since surprisingly losing to unseeded Roberta Vinci in Augusts’s US Open semi-finals, in one of the sport’s all-time great upsets – a defeat that cost her an opportunity for a rare calendar-year grand slam.
Bookies have installed the 21-time grand slam champion as an early favourite to win the Australian Open, which begins in 10 weeks, a victory that would move her level with Steffi Graf’s 22 major titles for most in the Open era.