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Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014 – 3v4 Playoff

Korean skip Jisun Kim photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns
Russian Skip Anna Sidorova photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns
Russia v Korea photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns
Korea wins 3v4 Playoff photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns

Korea beat Russia 9-5 in Saturday morning's Page Play-off game between the teams ranked third and fourth at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Saint John, Canada. Korea progresses to the semi-final and Russia moves onto the bronze-medal game.

Russia took the early lead, when their skip Anna Sidorova drew her last stone of the first end into the house to score two points. Korea drew level in the fourth end, at 3-3, when Russia's Sidorova just missed a double take-out attempt, leaving Korea's fourth player Un Chi Gim with a draw shot to score two points.

The Korean break-through came in the fifth end, when Sidorova was heavy with her final draw and handed Korea a steal of two points and a 5-3 lead. After Russia scored one point in the sixth end with a Sidorova draw, Gim hit out a Russian stone in the seventh end, to score one point and take a 6-4 lead.

In the eighth end, Russia's Sidorova played a well-weighted draw shot but just failed to get inside one of two Korean stones already in the house, to give up a one-point steal that moved Korea onto a 7-4 lead.

In the ninth end, Sidorova played a double-promote shot to push her own stone into position to count for one point, reducing the Korean lead to 7-5. In the tenth end, Sidorova attempted, and missed, a long raise double take-out leaving Korea two points for a 9-5 win.

After the game Korean skip Jisun Kim said, "today we just tried to enjoy the game - even more than before. The Russian team is very good team, but our team members really concentrated during the game, and that's why we got the win. We have a simple strategy and it worked for us. I'm so thankful for our team members, they did such a great job."

Meanwhile, Russia's Sidorova said, "the ice today was really fast. We would play a guard shot and it would be in the house. That was our main mistake today." She also conceded that the Korean steal of two points was the game's turning point, saying, "we were a bit tight and I missed my last one. That was probably the key moment."

Korea now face Switzerland in the semi-final, with the winner of that going on to play Canada for gold medals on Sunday evening, while Russia will play the semi-final loser for bronze on Sunday afternoon.

It is the second time in the history of the World Women's Curling Championship that Korea has made the semi-final. In 2012, in Lethbridge, Canada, Jisun Kim's team met Switzerland's Mirjam Ott in the semi-final. Korea finished fourth in that event, losing the Bronze medal game to Canada's Heather Nedohin.

RESULTS
Page 3v4: Korea 9, Russia 5

Current standings:
Canada (to play Gold medal game)
Switzerland (to play Semi-final against Korea - winner of 3v4 Playoff) Korea (to play Semi-final against Switzerland) Russia (to play Bronze medal game) 5. Sweden 6. USA 7. China 8. Germany 9. Czech Republic 10. Denmark 11. Scotland 12. Latvia

SCHEDULE (all times local ADT)

Saturday 22 March
14:00 Semi-final: Switzerland v Korea

Sunday 23 March
12:00 Bronze Medal Game: Russia v loser of semi-final
19:30 Gold Medal Game: Canada v winner of semi-final

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.

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