Canada and Russia women advance to World Junior semi-finals

  • Canada claim one of the last two semi-final places © WCF / Rachel MacRae

Defending champions, Canada, secured one of the remaining semi-final places in Friday afternoon’s last women’s round-robin session after defeating Russia 8-3 in the Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, Canada.

Canada’s win in this game sealed second place on the rankings for them and after the game, their skip Selena Sturmay said, “building on the confidence we had really helped us in that game. We’ve played high-pressure games before, so we knew we could do it again. We’re just hoping to play our best, which I think we did pretty well.”

She added, “it feels awesome. We are just hoping to keep up performing well and hoping for a good game tonight.”

In their semi-final game, Canada will face third-ranked Switzerland, who qualified despite losing their last game to Japan, by 7-8.

After her team’s loss to Japan, Switzerland skip Raphaela Keiser said “we’re really excited about the semi-finals. We didn’t have a good game there but that’s okay, we can re-start tonight. Now it’s getting to the end and things get a little tighter but, we’re ready.”

Also, in this session, China beat Scotland by 10-6 to go into the semi-finals at the top of the rankings.

In winning this game, they survived the scare of giving up four points in the seventh end – that let the Scots draw level at 6-6 - but a score of two points in the eighth end, then a steal of two points in the ninth end were enough to see them home.

After this game China’s lead player Yining Shang said “we are playing really well, which is even beyond our expectations. We’re satisfied with our performance so far and hope we can play well in the semis.”

In the semi-finals, China will now play fourth-placed Russia, who lost their last round-robin game to Canada, by 3-8.

After their loss, Russia skip Vlada Rumiantseva said, “I think we can play better than that. We were not good enough in this game - it was our worst game of the championship so far. We found the ice very difficult and we’ve never played a televised game before.”

Behind the four semi-finalists, Korea finished fifth and Sweden were sixth, giving them direct qualification for next year’s Championships [along with the four semi-finalists].

Norway finished the round-robin in seventh place, United Sates were eighth, Japan were ninth, and Scotland finished tenth.

Results and standings:

Session nine: Japan 8-7 Switzerland; United States 5-9 Norway; Sweden 5-12 Korea; Russia 3-8 Canada; China 10-6 Scotland.

Standings after session nine (W-L):

Q China 8-1
Q Canada 6-3
Q Switzerland 6-3
Q Russia 6-3
Korea 6-3
Sweden 5-4
Norway 3-6
United States 2-7
Japan 2-7
Scotland 1-8

Q = Qualified for the semi-finals

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