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Paes-Elena reach semis of French Open

India's Leander Paes and Elena Vesnina of Russia fought their way to the mixed doubles semifinals of the French Open with a thrilling 4-6 7-5 10-5 victory over Max Mirnyi of Belarus and American Liezel Huber here today.

The fifth seeds took a little over one and a half hours to prevail over the Belarusian-American combine here. 

Max and Liezel rode on their better first serve winning percentage and broke the Indo-Russian combo twice out of the three opportunity to have their nose ahead in the first set.


Leander Paes and Elena Vesnina defeated the top seeds in the quaters. File Pic/AFP

However, Paes and Elena bounced back in the second set breaking their rivals twice out of the four opportunities that came their way. Max and Liezel paid the prize for failing to convert three of the four break point chances. In the end, the Indo-Russian pair saw off their rivals 10-5 in just a 10-minute tie-breaker.

The fifth seeds face Poland's Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Mexican Santiago Gonzalez for a place in the final. Klaudia-Gonzalez too won their match in the super tie-breaker with a 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 scoreline. 

Indian pair of Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi also reached the mixed doubles semifinals after shocking second seeds Kveta Peschke and Mike Bryan 6-2 6-3 at Ronald Garros yesterday.

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