Eagles Win Thanks To Philly Philly Inspiration, Osaka And Williams Meet In Final
Friday, September 7, 2018
In the NFL season opener, last year's Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, barely edged out the Atlanta Falcons in a sloppy, low scoring game. The highlight of the night was a trick play from last year's Championship called the "Philly Special". On Thursday night, the team renamed the play the "Philly Philly" which featured a pass from receiver Nelson Agholor to quarterback Nick Foles. The offense only gained 15 yards on the play, but the Eagles found enough energy to put the necessary points on the board for the win. Unfortunately for the Falcons, their offense struggled, and quarterback Matt Ryan couldn't connect in the red zone. Eagles 18, Falcons 12.
20-year-old Naomi Osaka advanced to her first major final beating Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4. She faced 13 break points and managed to save all of them saying her motivation was to play Serena Williams. In an interview after the game, she said, "This is going to sound really bad, but I was just thinking, 'I really want to play Serena.'" When the interviewer followed up with a "Why?", Osaka said, "Because she's Serena, like, what do you mean?"
Serena cruised to her ninth US Open final by holding off #19 Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 6-0. With one more win, a soon to be 37-year-old Williams will secure her seventh US Open championship. In an emotional interview after the match, Serena said, "It's honestly really incredible. A year ago, I was fighting for, literally, my life at the hospital after I had the baby, so every day I step out on this court, I am so grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport, you know? So no matter what happens in any match -- semis, finals -- I just feel like I've already won."