New Delhi: Leander Paes is in line to win two Grand Slam titles as he and Elena Vesnina reached the mixed doubles Australian Open final on Friday.
Paes has already made it to the men's doubles final with Czech partner Radek Stepanek and they face top seeds Americans Bob and Mike Bryan.
However, Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi bowed out of the tournament after their semifinal defeat.
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 semifinal.
Meanwhile, the sixth seeded Sania and Bhupathi's campaign ended after they lost 3-6, 3-6 to the eighth seeded combo of Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States and Romania's Horia Tecau in just 68 minutes at the Rod Laver Arena.
Although the match was a closely-contested affair, the American-Romanian duo played better when it came to the crucial points. The Indians could hit only 17 winners as compared to 24 by their opponents.
In the opening set, the Indians managed to convert only one breakpoint out of the three that they got, besides losing their serve on two occasions to hand their opponents the advantage.
The second set was on serve till 3-3 but the eighth seeds broke Sania and Bhupathi to go up 4-3 and then held their serve to make it 5-3.
The Indians once again failed to keep their serve and their opponents claimed their second consecutive break to book a place in the final.