MELBOURNE: Leander Paes is in line to win two Slam titles as he and Elena Vesnina reached the mixed doubles summit clash even as Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi bowed out after their semi- final defeat at the Australian Open, here on Friday.
Fifth seeds Paes and Vesnina came from behind to tame a fighting Italian pair of Roberta Vinci and Daniele Bracciali 5- 7, 6- 2, 10- 7 in the semi- finals.
Paes has already made it to the mens doubles final with Czech partner Radek Stepanek and they face top seeds Americans Bob and Mike Bryan.
Meanwhile, the sixth seeded Sania- Bhupathis campaign ended after they lost 3- 6, 3- 6 to the eighth seeded combo of Bethanie Mattek- Sands of the United States and Romanias Horia Tecau in just 68 minutes at the Rod Laver Arena.
Although the match was a closelycontested affair, the American- Romanian duo played better as far as the crucial points were concerned.