Melbourne - Serena Williams on Monday said
she was stunned by the reaction to a Facebook post she made that went viral,
comparing herself to Supergirl after chasing down a hapless telephone thief.
The world number one revealed in November
that a thief stole her phone at a Chinese restaurant in New York.
clearly picked the wrong woman, with the super-fit Williams chasing him the
street and getting it back.
The American detailed the adventure on
Facebook, complete with a picture of her in a Supergirl outfit, while urging
her followers to: "Fight for what's right. Stand for what you believe
"I didn't think it would be such a big
story. I thought I just would post it on Facebook because it was fun," she
said after easing into the Australian Open second round.
"I didn't know it would be everywhere,
every blog, every TV channel, and every radio station.
"People were calling me. My dad was
worried. I just had no idea it would blow up like that. Yeah, so that was just
completely unexpected for me."
The 21-time Grand Slam winner got a
standing ovation when she returned to the restaurant, but she said she would
react differently if the same thing happened again.
"Oh, God, no. I reacted and I didn't
think," she said.
"It was just like, sometimes athletes
just react. But I was really nice about it. He was really nice about it. It
worked out. I got lucky."
Asked if any crime-fighting job offers had
come her way, she replied: "Well, I'm still looking to get some action
roles. Maybe a superhero. That's my dream."