Saturday 25 March 2017
Russia made it to a world final for the first time, with a 9-3 win over Sweden in Saturday (25 March) evening’s sole semi-final of the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 in Beijing, China’s Capital Gymnasium.
They will now play Canada in the final at 15.00 (+8 UTC) - live on World Curling TV or national broadcasters - on Sunday (26 March).
The Russians were in charge from the start of the semi-final as their skip Anna Sidorova opened the scoring in the first end, hitting out a Swedish stone to score two points.
In the fifth end, Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg promoted one of her own stones to tap-out a Russian stone and score two points to level the scores at 3-3.
After blanking the sixth – and not to be outdone – Russia’s Anna Sidorova also played a tap-back and stay in the seventh end to score three points and take a 6-3 lead.
In the eighth end, Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg could only remove one Russian stone with her final take-out, leaving three other Russia stones lying, to give up a steal of three points. The Swedes then conceded defeat, with the final scoreline of 9-3 to Russia.
They said it
Anna Sidorova; skip, Russia (after 9-3 semi-final win over Sweden): “I still can’t believe it. Coming second in the round-robin made history for our team, and I’m so proud that we can now represent Russia in the final. It’s only one year to the Olympic Games and it’s been a really rough year for my team, so we needed that win to believe in ourselves. I’m so proud of the performance my team showed today.”
Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 3-9 semi-final loss to Russia): "We were struggling through the whole game with the speed, they played very well and we couldn’t put any pressure on them. Our goal coming here was a medal and we still have that in our own hands – medal it will be."
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WCTV highlights next live game: Sweden v Scotland (bronze medal game, Sunday 27 March at 10.00, +8 UTC)