FILE - In this March 20, 2015, file photo, Serena Williams speaks during a news conference after withdrawing from her match against Simona Halep, of Romania, due to a knee injury at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. San Francisco police are asking tennis star Williams to file a police report after she said someone tried to steal her cellphone at a restaurant. Officer Grace Gatpandan said Williams had not filed a report as of Thursday morning, Nov. 5, 2015. She said police like to know if they're dealing with a serial cellphone thief. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Scoop: Serena Williams foils would-be cellphone thief

Go, Serena, go!

Tennis star Serena Williams is basking in the limelight following heroics not on the court, but in San Francisco’s Mission Chinese restaurant.

A report by ABC’s Natasha Zouves on KGO-TV’s website shows video of the sports great jumping out of her seat at the eatery, and following a man who tried to steal her cellphone.

Outside, Williams confronted the man, and asked if he accidentally took the wrong phone. She said he admitted he picked it up because it was “so confusing” in the restaurant.

Williams shared news of the confrontation on Facebook, with the message: “Always listen to your superhero inner voice. Just because you are a lady don’t be afraid to step up to any challenge and not be a victim, but a hero.”

Mission Chinese waitress Anastasia Villanueva told KGO that she had no idea who Williams was inside the dimly lit restaurant, but that everybody noticed when she abruptly left.

The Associated Press reported that San Francisco police asked Williams to notify authorities about the incident, because police want to know if they’re dealing with a serial cellphone thief. Officer Grace Gatpandan said Williams had not filed a report as of Thursday morning.

And for the record: Williams and her dining companion ordered forbidden fried rice, sour chili chicken, squid ink noodles and pork belly, according to Villanueva, who also told the bold patron “good job.”

CANCER PATIENT HAS THE FORCE

A terminally ill man who might not make it until Christmas actually has seen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams and Disney set up 32-year-old Daniel Fleetwood with a private screening of the flick at his Texas home after a viral campaign to make it happen, according to TMZ.

Fleetwood’s wife Ashley couldn’t share much — she had to sign a confidentiality agreement — but said her husband, who has spindle cell sarcoma, a rare connective tissue cancer, really enjoyed it, and was ecstatic because his final dream came true.

Although Fleetwood has outlived his doctors’ July prognosis of two months to live, on Monday they told him his condition has worsened, and that he might not live until Dec. 18, the movie’s opening day.

Apparently, the force is with him. Among those who urged the studio to grant his wish were actors Mark Hamill, John Boyega and Carrie Fisher, who retweeted it with the hashtag #ForceForDaniel.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Emma Stone is 27. … TV reality star Chris Soules is 34. … Basketball player Lamar Odom is 36. … Actress Thandie Newton is 43. … Model-actress Rebecca Romijn is 43. … Actor Ethan Hawke is 45. … Singer Glenn Frey is 67. … Actress Sally Field is 69. … Singer Guy Clark is 74.

— Wire report

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