World Mixed Curling Championship 2015 semi-finalists set

  • World Mixed Curling Championship 2015 semi-finalists WCF / Céline Stucki

Berne, Switzerland – Norway, Sweden, China and Russia’s hopes of medals at the World Mixed Curling Championship 2015 are still alive after they won their quarter-finals tonight (Friday 18 September).

Sweden will play Russia and China will meet Norway in the semi-finals, to be played at 10.00 (CEST) tomorrow (Saturday 19 September). The final and Bronze medal match will be played at 15.00 (CEST).

Sweden and Russia’s game, as well as the final, will be broadcast live on www.swiss-sport.tv/sports/7-curling

In the quarter-finals, Norway beat USA 7-5, Sweden defeated Switzerland 5-4, China won 8-3 against Germany and Russia beat Canada, 8-3.

At the fourth end break Norway were tied 3-3 with USA, and then again at the end of the seventh, 5-5.
However, Norway took two points with the hammer in the fourth, sixth and eighth ends, whereas USA were only able to secure single points in the fifth and the seventh. This ultimately proved the difference between the two teams, with the game ending, 7-5 in Norway’s favour.

Sweden were trailing 4-3 going into the eighth end against Switzerland and the hosts fourth player Romano Meier squeezed in to lie shot with Switzerland’s last stone and set up a potential extra end. However, Swedish Skip Rasmus Wranaa perfectly tapped up one of his own stones to take two and win the game 5-4.

After the win Wranaa said: “There was nothing to lose with that last stone. Switzerland were a really tough team to meet in the quarter-finals, so we tried to make the game go long to get the win.”

Despite the scores being very close at the fourth end break between China and Germany – 4-3 to China – the Chinese returned to the ice with impressive form stealing points in the remaining three ends. First they took one in the fifth, then two in the sixth before taking another single point in seventh, at which point Germany chose to concede the game with the score at 8-3.

China’s coach Fengchun Wang said: “We feel good, we’re very happy. Everybody played very good draws and takeouts to win this game.”

Finally, Russia secured three points in the fourth end of their match against Canada, which brought them from 2-0 down after the first three ends.

The game was won in seven ends when Canadian skip Max Kirkpatrick missed a final shot tapping up a Russian stone and opening the way for Russian skip Alexey Tselousov to steal five and win the game 8-3.

The results from the quarter-final qualification round earlier in the day were:

  • Switzerland 6-4 Scotland

  • China 5-4 Hungary

  • Canada 7-4 Italy

  • Norway 10-5 Denmark
  • Also a tiebreaker was played this morning to decide Norway’s opponents in the qualification round. Denmark won that game, 7-1 against France.