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Capital One World Women’s Championship 2011 Day 9 Semi-final

Photo: World Curling Federation/Richard Gray

Sweden will meet Canada in the final of the Capital One World Women’s Curling Championship 2011 in Esbjerg, Denmark on Sunday after Canada beat China 8-5 in Saturday’s semi-final.

China now plays in the bronze medal game on Sunday against Denmark, who went down by 7-10 to Canada earlier in the three versus four Page Play-off game.

China opened the scoring in the semi-final with two points from the first end, but scores in the third, fourth and fifth ends gave Canada a 4-2 half-time lead.

China got back onto the scoreboard with one point in the sixth end, but Canada then stretched their lead, scoring two in the seventh.

Canadian skip Amber Holland failed with a raised take-out attempt in the ninth, and this let China score two points, but the Canadians kept their nerve in the tenth to score two and book their place in the final.

Afterwards a delighted Canadian skip Amber Holland said, “it feels good that we put together two good games today, two wins, and we’re looking forward to playing tomorrow”.

The final place for Canada comes after a sticky start to the week, which saw them endure a couple of bad losses. Holland said, “I’ve said all week we never go the easy way. We’re much more comfortable with the ice than we were at the beginning of the round-robin and we’ve definitely improved the performance”.

Looking forward to the final against double Olympic champion Anette Norberg of Sweden, she said, “I think we’ll need to do the same as we did today. Making sure that the front end’s putting the pressure on and that I finish off at the end”. She added, “stats don’t mean a whole lot, I think overall it just comes down to the shots that you make at a specific time, it’s the key shots that are made or missed”.

China skip Bingyu Wang said, “it was a tough loss for us. We were not so great in the middle and gave them a chance to steal. In the seventh and the eighth we lost our patience a little and played too quickly, so we lost the game. They played well, they didn’t give us many chances to get back into the game”.

The bronze medal game between Denmark and China is at 10:00 local on Sunday morning, while the gold medal showdown between Sweden and Canada is at 15:00 local time.

Standings after Semi-Final
Sweden 10-2
Canada 10-4
China 8-5
Denmark 7-5
5. Switzerland 7-5
6. Russia 6-5
7. USA 6-5
8. Germany 5-6
9. Scotland 4-7
10. Norway 3-8
11. Korea 2-9
12. Czech Republic 2-9

RESULTS:
Semi-final: Canada 8, China 5.

UPCOMING GAMES:

Sunday 27 March
10:00 local: Bronze Medal Game (Denmark v China)
15:00 local: Gold Medal Game (Sweden v Canada)

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