Multiple Grand Slam champion Mahesh Bhupathi along with his partner Elena Vesnina of Russia advanced to the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Final on Saturday. The Indo-Russian pair battled past the Aussie-Taiwanese combo of Paul Hanley and Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in a tough three set slugfest which lasted just under 2 hours. They will meet the 9th seeds, Jurgen Melzer and Iveta Benesova, in Sunday's Final. Melzer and Benesova edged past the 8th seeds Daniel Nestor and Yung-Jan Chan in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. The Mixed Doubles Final will be played on Centre Court on the conclusion of the Gentlemen's Singles Final. The match should be an exciting affair and it will be interesting to see how Bhupathi and Vesnina cope with playing two left-handers, a very rare combination in a Doubles contest.
Bhupathi will be chasing his 12th Grand Slam title, his 8th Mixed Doubles crown and 4th Wimbledon title, while Vesnina has thrice been a Grand Slam Doubles runner-up and will be anxious to get her hands on the winner's trophy for the very first time. Melzer meanwhile has 1 Grand Slam title to his credit, having won the Doubles crown here last year. Benesova is the least experienced of the quartet and is venturing into unchartered waters.