Bhupathi-Vesnina into mixed doubles final

Last Updated: Jul 02, 2011, 22:45 PM IST

London: India`s Mahesh Bhupathi and Elena Vesnina of Russia advanced to the mixed doubles final of the Wimbledon after pipping Australian Paul Hanley and Chinese Taipei`s Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2 3-6 7-5 in a gruelling three-setter that lasted close to two hours.

The Indo-Russian duo committed too many unforced errors in the first set but they also saved two of the five breakpoints before winning it 6-2.

However, Hanley and Hsieh got their act together in the second set and gave the Indo-Russian pair a dose of their own medicine. The duo dealt in aces and made few unforced errors to win it 6-3.

The decider was a rollercoaster ride for Bhupathi and Elena as thet Australian-Chinese Taipei pair broke them in the third game to lead 2-1.

But the Indo-Russian pair broke back and held their serve to go up by 3-2.

However the Indo-Russian pair had saved their best for the last as after a long rally of points, with both parties holding on to their serves, the winners broke their rivals in their last serve to book a berth for championship duel.

PTI