LONDON - Leander Paes and Elena Vesnina stunned top seeds Bob Bryan and Liezel Huber to enter the mixed doubles final of the Wimbledon championships, on Saturday. The fourth seed Indo-Russian pair scored a tough 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 win over their American opponents in the semifinals at court number one in one hour and 48 minutes.
The first set was fought fiercely with both the teams locked 5-5 with one break each. Paes and Vesnina dropped their serve in the sixth game to trail 2-4 but broke immediately.
The Indo-Russian pair then got the crucial break in the 11th game and served out the set in the next. The Americans came back strong in the second set and with help of an early break they pushed the match to the deciding third set. Paes and Elena overcame a nervy start as they saved breakpoints in the very first game and then got crucial break in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. That break was enough for the Indo-Russian pair to seal the win.