Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
Serena Williams during the U.S. Open women’s singles semifinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City Sept. 11, 2015
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In a post on her Facebook page, Serena Williams gave a riveting account of how she ran after a guy who snatched her cellphone and got it back.

There the tennis icon was at a restaurant, minding her own business, eating some delicious Chinese food with a friend. Then, all of a sudden, her intuition started to send her signals—a feeling she calls her "superhero sense."


"[S]o 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. […] Nonetheless I tried to shake his this eerie feeling. However, I kept watching him from the corner of my eye," Williams explained.

Then, all of a sudden, the man snatched her phone and Williams sprang into action and chased after him. Forget tennis, she turned into a track star—more specifically a hurdler—to navigate her way through the restaurant to get to the thief.

"I looked at the chair, than [sic] 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," she wrote. "He began to run but I was too fast. (Those sprints came in handy) I was upon him in a flash!"

When Williams caught up to him, she played it like the lady she is and asked the man if he had "accidentally" taken the wrong phone. Williams said that he played coy and said, "Gosh, you know what, I did! It was so confusing in there. I must have grabbed the wrong phone." 


Williams took back her phone and even thanked the petty thief. In the Facebook post, she credits not feeling the need to back down and her womanhood for her victory. 

"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!" she said.


Can I have two #WCWs? If so, in addition to K. Michelle for her honesty in talking about her cosmetic surgery, Williams earns my #WCW today for inspiring women with this anecdote. 

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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.

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