Despite China losing two of their famous Wangs, a third Wang – current world No. 1 and reigning world champion Wang Yihan – marched into the semi-finals when she took out Denmark’s Tine Baun in three tough games.
Schenk, who had beaten Wang Shixian at the Double Star Sudirman Cup in May, repeated that feat in Tokyo as she set-up a semi-final match with India’s Saina Nehwal in the eighth OSIM BWF World Superseries tournament of the year.
Showing no fear despite losing her last two encounters, including in last week’s China Masters, Schenk took the game to Wang Shixian and led all the way in the opening game.
The German was especially sharp at the net, winning point after point from the front of the court, much to the dismay of the normally cool Wang Shixian, who could only win a total of five points from the front of the court.
Schenk’s 21-15, 21-19 victory in 52 minutes now means she trails the All England champion 3-2 in head-to-head meetings.
“I didn't play bad, but Juliane played patiently, she was calm mentally throughout the match today. I couldn’t hit the shuttle the way I want to,” Wang Shixian told AFP.
Schenk said: “I’ve been playing many, many players from China right now and I already have some big wins against them. Of course, normally they are dominant.
“I'm taking the challenge seriously. I just enjoy playing each time I come on court. It’s just fantastic to play the best players.”
Saina, who has beaten Schenk five times in seven meetings, reached the last four when she outplayed Singapore’s Gu Juan 21-17, 21-13 to stay on track to win her first OSIM BWF World Superseries title of the year.
The Indian ace ended last year with three Superseries titles with wins in Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong, but has been hampered by injuries this season and only has the Swiss Open crown to her name in 2011.
Wang Yihan (right), meanwhile, survived a determined fight back from Baun before eventually carving out a 21-17, 14-21, 21-15 victory to tie up their head-to-heads at five-a-piece.
She will now play teammate Liu Xin, who beat Taipei’s 17-year-old prodigy Tai Tzu Ying in straight games. Tzu Ying, who gave it her all on Thursday to stun Wang Xin, tried gamely to match her opponent but mistakes at crucial moments handed Liu Xin a 22-20, 21-15 victory.
In the women’s doubles, third seeds Mizuki Fujii-Reika Kakiiwa stayed on course to claim the crown when they reached the final four with a scrapped passed South Korea’s Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung.
The Japanese girls beat the seventh seeds 21-12, 9-21, 21-16 and will now face China’s Yixin Bao-Zhong Qianxin, who upset sixth seeds Mami Naito-Shizuka Matsuo of Japan, for a place in Sunday’s final.
The other semi-final sees former world No. 1s Cheng Wen Hsing-Chien Yu Chin of Taipei meeting Hong Kong’s Poon Lok Yan-Tse Ying Suet.
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