World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2011 Day 6

Mixed Doubles Semifinals
Sweden v Russia
Switzerland v France

Semifinals – take place on Saturday morning (09:00 local)
Medal Games – Gold & Bronze – Saturday afternoon (14:00 local)

Mixed Doubles Quarterfinals results:
GAME 1 – Sweden 9, China 3
GAME 2 – Switzerland 10, Denmark 9
GAME 3 – France 8, USA 6
GAME 4 – Japan 5, Russia 8

Results & linescores: http://www.2011worldcurling.com/home
And complete rankings after round robin http://www.2011worldcurling.com/draw--scores

Mixed Doubles Blue Group
1. Switzerland 7-0 (qualified for quarterfinals)
2. Russia 5-2 (qualified for quarterfinals)
3. Denmark 5-3 (qualified for quarterfinals)
4. Canada 5-4
5. Slovakia 4-4
6. Norway 2-5
7. England 1-6
8. Italy 1-6

Canada beat Slovakia in their tiebreaker. Denmark beat Canada in a further tiebreaker. Denmark finished as the third ranked team in the blue group. On draw shot challenge, Denmark qualified for the quarterfinals as best placed of the three third-placed teams in each group.

Mixed Doubles Red Group
1. Sweden 6-1 (qualified for quarterfinals)
2. Japan 5-2 (qualified for quarterfinals)
3. Finland 5-3 (lost qualification game)
4. Hungary 4-4
5. Australia 3-4
6. New Zealand 3-4
7. Estonia 2-5
8. Korea 1-6

Mixed Doubles White Group
1. France 6-1 (qualified for quarterfinals)
2. USA 5-2 (qualified for quarterfinals)
3. China 6-2 (won qualification game for quarterfinals)
4. Spain 4-3
5. Czech Republic 4-3
6. Scotland 3-4
7. Austria 1-6
8. Latvia 0-7

Flash Quotes from Players on Day 6

Katja Kiiskinen, Team Finland after their red group tiebreaker against Hungary which they won 9-8 in an extra end: “Against Hungary we had a first game that went to an extra end as well. I think it could be a fun hobby to just play against these guys because it’s always really, really tight. So it was an enjoyable game. We really messed up in the 5th. Our stone was so locked in there. If we just hadn’t played our three last stones and messed it up we probably would have stolen so we were a little bit disappointed about that because the game could have gone for us in that end.”

In the extra end, Finland had a stone buried in the four-foot behind a center guard. Hungary’s Ildiko Szekeres was able to position her final stone in the opposite side of the four-foot. Neither side could confirm with certainty which stone was shot so Finland had to throw their final stone. Katja Kiiskinen gave the potential Finnish shot stone a whisker of a nudge but it was still not clear who the winner was until after a measurement, which went in favour of Finland.

Gyorgy Nagy, Team Hungary: “It was a good game. In the beginning we did not play very well, but then we equalized it and through the last stone we were hoping. Even during the measure we were hoping that maybe we could win. They were a tough opponent, and I hope they will be lucky in the next game.”

Are Solberg, Team Denmark, on beating Canada 6-4 in the blue group tiebreaker: “It’s great. It’s the greatest feeling in fact to beat Canada in a tiebreaker. But now we must look to getting to the quarterfinal. We’ll take it from there. It’s going to be fun! It was a good game. But I think we were a little bit nervous but there was some some hiccups that made us get all the points we needed.”

Robert Campbell, Team Canada after their defeat by Denmark 6-4 in the blue group tiebreaker: “we put ourselves in the hole by losing three in a row in the middle of the week. We knew it was an uphill battle. We tried our best. This morning we played well [they beat Slovakia in the first blue group tiebreaker 7-4] and this afternoon we just didn’t quite have it. Denmark – I have to give credit to them – they made some good shots - a couple of hit and rolls and a couple of draw taps - and we just couldn’t capitalise on our chances.”
Asked what he will take away from this championship: “It’s been a learning thing, especially from Canada when you are playing two on two. We tried to pick it up as we went this week. Communication is a big thing, sweeping is a big thing. I’d love to come back and play better than I did. Personally, I didn’t perform as well as I’d like to. There’s part of me that would like to come back and prove I could be a better curler than I was this week but I’m not getting any younger though!” [He is 44].

About Mixed Doubles Curling:
Instead of playing in teams of four, Mixed Doubles Curling is for teams of two players – one male and one female (no alternate/spare player is allowed).
- The game is played on the same sheets of ice as “traditional” curling.
- Teams have only six stones each (instead of eight) - and one of those stones, from each team, is prepositioned on the centreline before each end of play starts.
- Player one delivers the first and last stones and player two plays the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next.
- Sweeping can be done by both team members.
- Each team receives 46 minutes of playing time and games are fixed at 8 ends – compared to 73 minutes and 10 ends for “traditional‟ curling.

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