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The Indo-Russian pairing of Mahesh Bhupathi and Elena Vesnina were soundly beaten by the Austrian - Czech duo of Jurgen Melzer and Iveta Benesova in the Mixed Doubles Final at Wimbledon, 6-3, 6-2. The 2010 Wimbledon Gentlemen's Doubles champion, Jurgen Melzer, was easily the best player on display today as he led his team to an easy win in just 51 minutes.
It was a very poor outing for 4th seeded pairing of Bhupathi and Vesnina, with the latter dropping her serve thrice in four attempts to crumble to a disappointing defeat. Mahesh didn't have the best of matches either, as with the exception of holding his serve, he did little right either at the net or on the return of serve. The twin left-handers produced an incredible serving display losing just 8 points on serve all match while also producing 12 winners off the ground.
Mahesh and Elena's best and only chance of the match came in the very first game on the Melzer serve when they were up 15-40, but the Austrian produced 4 incredible points to claw himself out of trouble. The next couple of games went with serve with Iveta Benesova clearly demonstrating her prowess in that department with both Elena and Mahesh struggling to keep the ball in play.
The decisive break in the opening set came in the fourth game when Vesnina dropped serve and Melzer and Benesova wasted little time in serving out the set 6-3.
The second set followed an identical pattern with the Indo-Russian pairing serving first on this occasion, and after the two men had notched up easy holds, Vesnina's serve was decimated by the opposition with Melzer in particular tee-ing off to hit clean winners with gay abandon. The break was consolidated in perfect fashion by Benesova, and her team picked up an insurance break by getting the better of the Vesnina serve again to go up 5-2.
No insurance was necessary, however, as Benesova served out the match to love to win her first ever Grand Slam title, while Melzer picked up his third Wimbledon crown to go with last year's Men's Doubles and a Junior Boys title in 1999. The result was particularly disappointing for Elena Vesnina, who had now lost each of her four Grand Slam Doubles Finals, this was her first Mixed Doubles defeat to go with three previous Women's Doubles setbacks including the French Open earlier this year and the Wimbledon Ladies' Doubles Final last year.
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