Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands defended their US Open mixed doubles title on Saturday, defeating Taiwan’s Chan Hao-Ching and New Zealand’s Michael Venus in straight sets under sunny skies at Arthur Ashe Stadium.The win burnished Murray’s reputation as one of the world’s leading doubles exponents, as the Briton enjoyed his third consecutive mixed doubles triumph at Flushing Meadows.An elated Mattek-Sands, who suffered a grisly knee injury at Wimbledon two years ago, celebrated the 6-2, 6-3 win by taking a selfie on the court with Murray, older brother of former world No. 1 Andy who also won in 2017 with Martina Hingis.”We have a lot of fun. He keeps me pretty grounded,” said America’s Olympic mixed doubles champion Mattek-Sands, who added that she was happy to be back on the court after undergoing more knee surgery in March.”It’s about choosing your mentality, choosing your attitude,” added the 34-year-old, after annexing her ninth Grand Slam doubles title.The match began with routine holds but quickly pivoted in favour of the holders, who played a clean match with just 11 unforced errors while firing off off 23 winners.Also Read | US Open final: Serena Williams eyes No. 24 in ‘street fight’ vs Bianca AndreescuAlso see:
However Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that he will seek legal advice and speak to the party leaders before taking a final stand this week. It was reported that the UPFA had said it accepts Sampanthan as the opposition leader. (Colombo Gazette) A heated exchange took place in Parliament today on the post of opposition leader.The joint opposition demanded that it be recognised as the main opposition in Parliament and that the post of opposition leader be given to it. Earlier, the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) communicated its stand on the leader of the opposition to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.Jayasuriya had sought the opinion of the General Secretary of the UPFA Mahinda Amaraweera on appointing Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena the leader of the opposition.The Speaker had requested Amaraweera to state the position of the party since a request had been put forward by several MPs including some from the UPFA. Joint opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena said that the joint opposition has no personal issue with current opposition leader R. Sampanthan. Amaraweera later communicated the position of the UPFA to the Speaker. Gunawardena however said that the post of opposition leader must be given to the joint opposition as it has more members in Parliament.However the United National Party (UNP) said that the joint opposition is not recognised as a political party in Parliament and so it cannot be given the post.