Superhero Serena Williams Stops Phone Thief And Gives Fans Empowerment Lesson

Serena Williams, who’s been pretty quiet since losing to Roberta Vinci in the U.S Open semi-finals in September, posted her very own superhero story on social media. Starring herself as lead life-savior, the tale contains all the ingredients for success: Chinese food, a laid-back superstar, running faster than a man, and most importantly, a great life lesson by Williams herself.

Although she won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon this year, Serena Williams failed to score a grand slam when she was disqualified against Vinci. At only 34, Williams captured five titles this year, for a value of $10,582,642.

The tennis star’s training came in handy Tuesday when the “CRAZIEST THING” happened to her. Williams was enjoying lunch with her friend when she got this “eerie feeling” from a guy standing next to them. She made a mental note to keep an eye on him, as something “just didn’t feel right.”

Out of nowhere, the man grabbed her phone, which was sitting on the chair next to her, and ran. Luckily for her, Williams’ instincts had been correct, and in a split second, she was up and sprinting behind the thief. She caught up with him and calmly asked if he’d taken the wrong phone “by accident.”

The thief gave the phone back and Williams received a standing ovation when she returned to the restaurant.

Williams used this little story to send her fans a wider, more important message, encouraging each woman to stand up for herself and not be scared of men.

It’s nice to see Serena Williams fierce and heroic again — after a knee injury and depression kept her away from the game in the past few weeks, as the Guardian reported.

It’s also good to see Serena send an upbeat and empowering message to her fans, rather than be the center of speculations surrounding her romantic involvement with Drake and her potential pregnancy from the Canadian rapper.

Serena Williams recently announced she wouldn’t enter any more competitions in 2015, giving her body a well-deserved rest. Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, clarified her health situation when he said her knees are running out of cartilage — a very common injury for professional tennis players.

“The cartilage is not gone, not all of it, but a big part,” said Mouratoglou. He added Williams could develop a stress fracture if she keeps on playing with her injury for too long. Mouratoglou said she could be in danger “if she went too far and got more injured like Rafa,” mentioning Nadal, who also suffered from this injury and had to stop playing for almost a year. In a statement, Williams mentioned injuries to her elbow, her knee, and “after a certain match in Flushing,” her heart — referring to her defeat at New York’s Flushing Meadows in September.

That game represented Williams’ chance to secure a calendar Grand Slam, but the multi-champion was beaten 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, by Italy’s Roberta Vinci. After that defeat, which was blamed on Drake’s attendance by many in the social media world, empowered by the hashtag #BlameDrake, Serena was applauded for how quickly she bounced back, as reported by the Daily Mail. Premiering her fashion line at the New York Fashion Week, Williams was supported by Drake, who sat on the first row next to Vogue’s Anna Wintour.

Superstar tennis player Serena Williams has more time to spend on her fashion creations.

Tennis champion, fashion creative, and now superhero: Williams clearly still has some tricks up her sleeve. In a cryptic post on Instagram last week, she mentioned her coach and asked him, in French, “are you ready?”

Mouratoglou posted this in response, saying he was “ready to get back to business.”

Will Serena be back on the courts sooner than we thought?

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