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Schenk on course for first Superseries crown

Juliane Schenk qualified for the Yonex India Open on Saturday to give her the chance to lift her first OSIM BWF World Superseries title.

The German (left), who upset top seed Wang Shixian in the quarter-finals, ended the run of Chinese qualifier Chen Xiao Jia in straight games, taking 42 minutes to score a 21-16, 21-13 victory.

She now faces a third Chinese player in newly crowned Asian champion Li Xuerui, who didn’t have to lift a racquet after compatriot Jiang Yanjiao conceded a walkover.

The world No. 8 spoke to the media after her win and said: “I have beaten two Chinese in two rounds, they are great wins.

“The Chinese players always have special skills, they are always focussed. Winning against them always adds to the confidence. I played aggressively from the start it helped me to win.”

There will be no all-Japanese match in the women’s final after defending champions Miyuki Maeda-Satoko Suetsuna and second seeds Mizuki Fujii-Reika Kakiiwa were eliminated in the semi-finals.

Maeda-Suetsuna, who have suffered a dip in form since winning back-to-back titles in India and Malaysia last year, were shown the door by unseeded Chinese pair Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin (right).

The young Chinese pair, who had upset top seeds Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung in the quarter-finals, outwitted their Japanese opponents 25-23, 21-14 in 54 minutes.

Fujii-Kakiiwa put up a stronger fight but in the end, bowed out to South Korea’s Jung Kyung Eun-Kim Ha Na 11-21, 21-18, 21-19.

In men's doubles, Thailand’s Bodin Issara-Maneepong Jongjit kept their nerve under pressure to outlast Indonesians Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra 21-15, 20-22, 21-15 in 48 minutes.

They will face second seeds Ko Sung Hyun-Yoo Yeon Seong for the title on Sunday. The South Koreans booked their tickets to the title decider by taking out Malaysian youngsters Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah 21-15, 21-16.

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