Schenk even insisted on changing the entire barrel of shuttles after losing three points when her shots landed outside the line. Saina had by then found her rhythm, and won six points on the trot to snatch the game from her seventh-seeded opponent. Schenk, known to never go down without a fight, looked shattered after the first-game loss.
In the second game, Saina took advantage of her opponent's wounded confidence and if the 8-0 lead was an indicator, she was doing a good job of it. Some well-placed shots, which Schenk felt was too much effort to even return, saw the top-seeded Indian wrap up the match quickly.
Final hurdleThe 22-year-old Hyderabadi faces Japan's unseeded Minatsu Mitani in the final. Saina enjoys a 3-0 head-to-head record against the world No 26 Japanese, and had beaten her last week in Odense.