Saint John, New Brunswick. Canada
March 20, 2014
Canada beat Sweden by 9-6 in Thursday evening's last session of round-robin play at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Saint John, Canada, to rank at the top of the table, with ten wins from eleven games.
Canada now faces second-placed Switzerland - who sat out the session and had already recorded nine wins - in Friday evening's Page one versus two Play-off game, with the winner going direct to the final and the loser moving onto the sole semi-final, with a further chance of making the gold medal final game on Sunday.
At the same time as Canada's win, Russia lost by 7-8 to the Czech Republic and Korea beat Scotland by 10-5.
These results mean that Sweden, Russia and Korea all share the same ‘won eight, lost three’ record and, when the results among these teams are considered, Russia rank third and go straight to the Page three versus four Play-off game.
Meanwhile, Korea and Sweden will play a tie-breaker to determine fourth place, with the winner of that also going to the Page three versus four game.
The eventual Page three versus four winners will go into the semi-final to play against the Page one versus two losers, and after that, the Page three versus four losers will play the semi-final losers for bronze medals while the Page one versus two winners and the semi-final winners will play for gold medals and the world title.
In the fourth game of this session, Denmark beat Latvia by 10-4 to secure a joint tenth-place ranking, alongside Scotland.
Session 17: Latvia 4, Denmark 10; Canada 9, Sweden 6; Scotland 5, Korea 10; Czech Republic 8, Russia 7.
Standings after session 17:
1. Canada 10-1
2. Switzerland 9-2
3. Russia 8-3
4. Sweden 8-3 (Tiebreaker against Korea)
4. Korea 8-3 (Tiebreaker against Sweden)
6. USA 6-5
7. China 6-5
8. Germany 3-8
9. Czech Republic 3-8
10. Denmark 2-9
11. Scotland 2-9
12. Latvia 1-10
SCHEDULE (all times local ADT)
Friday 21 March
14:30 Tiebreaker Sweden v Korea
19:30 Play-off 1v2: Canada v Switzerland
Saturday 22 March
09:00 Play-off 3v4: Russia v winner of tiebreaker
Sunday 23 March
12:00 Bronze Medal Game
19:30 Gold Medal Game
World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Saint John. WCF Broadcast Partners for the event include TV4 in Sweden, Russia 2 in Russia, CCTV in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil. TSN is carrying coverage in Canada (RDS in Quebec). www.worldcurling.org/wwcc-2014-tv-web-tv-programme-schedule
In addition, Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2014 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV And embedded on the hompage of the WCF Website www.worldcurling.org
More information about the event can be found on the event website: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/
Results are here: www.curling.ca/scoreboard
Event Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/WorldWomensCurlingChampionship
Event Twitter Hashtags: #wwcc2014 #curling
The World Women’s Curling Championship 2015 will take place in Sapporo, Japan, from 14-22 March in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium.