Paes-Vesnina fall short in mixed doubles final

Jul 10, 2012, 08:47 IST | IANS

Leander Paes and Elena Vesnina went down fighting to second seeds Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond in the Wimbledon mixed doubles final here on Sunday

The Indo-Russian pair fell short against the class of their American opponents, losing 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 amid closed roof of the Centre Court at SW19. The fourth seeds, who had stunned top seeds Bob Bryan and Liezel Huber in semi-final on Saturday, lost a close match lasting a little over two hours.

India’s Leander Paes (right) and Russia’s Elena Vesnina hold up their runners-up trophies after their mixed doubles defeat on Sunday. PICS/AFP

It was a second Grand Slam final appearance of the year for Paes and Vesnina after they finished runners-up at the Australian Open.

Mike Bryan (left) and Lisa Raymond celebrate their mixed doubles final victory on Sunday

Paes was aiming for his fourth mixed doubles title. He overall has six mixed doubles and seven doubles Grand Slam trophies to his name. Vesnina is yet to win a major after finishing runners up six times in the two doubles events.

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