Hosts Canada and Sweden first play-off qualifiers at World Women’s

  • Sweden's skip Anna Hasselborg calls a shot © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Wins for table-toppers Canada and Olympic champions Sweden in Thursday (22 March) morning’s 15th session of round-robin play at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada have qualified both for the play-off stages of the championship.

Other winners in this session were Czech Republic and Denmark, with China, Germany, Italy, Korea and United States all sitting out.

Table-topping Canada faced joint third-placed Russia in this session and this game went all the way to the tenth end, when Canada’s skip Jennifer Jones remained calm enough to draw her last stone into scoring position, taking one point from the end for an 8-7 win.

Olympic champions Sweden faced Japan and Sweden moved ahead in the sixth end of this game when Hasselborg hit out a Japan stone to score three points in the end and take a 4-2 lead. Sweden then went on to win by 6-4.

Switzerland and Czech Republic faced each other, with both teams still fighting for one of the six play-off slots. In the eighth end, Switzerland skip Binia Feltscher hit out a Czech stone to score three points and take a 6-4 lead, but the Czechs came through in the end, to win by 9-6.

Scotland faced Denmark in the fourth game of this session and in the tenth end of another tight game, Denmark’s skip Angelina Jensen, drew her final stone onto one of her own already sitting in the house to score the two points needed for her team’s 8-7 win.

These results mean that Canada tops the table unbeaten on nine wins with Sweden in second place also on nine wins but, having played one game more, with one loss, to Canada as it happens.

At present, Korea, who sat out this session are third, while Russia are fourth, Czech Republic are fifth and United Sates currently sit sixth – the last of the play-off qualification positions. The chase for that sixth spot is led by Japan, with China, Denmark and Switzerland tied behind them.

They said it

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 6-4 win over Japan): “We started off a little bit slow like we still had something from the loss [to Canada] going into that game, but after the break we just went out there and it was completely like ‘this is how we should play’. I’m very proud of that. I think we have to accept we’re getting a little bit tired and weird misses are coming from us right now. The goal coming in was ranking in the top two, so [although we’re qualified now], we still have two very important games left.”

Anna Kubeskova; skip, Czech Republic (after 9-6 win over Switzerland): “I’m very proud of my team, we had a good game and a very tough opponent. We were quite confident and we played very well. I always focus on every single game. I never want to know about who we will be playing against next, I don’t even know where we are standing on the table.”

Angelina Jensen; skip Denmark (after 8-7 win over Scotland): “They played a really good game. But, I have to say, my girls were even tougher, so, I’m extremely proud of them. I think the last end was really horrible, our time almost ran out – so that was really stressful! I’m just happy that we made it. It feels really, really good because we have come close in a lot of games and I blame it on myself that we didn’t win those games. Also, I’m extremely happy for the girls that we can show when we come home, we aren’t only here for fun, but we really are trying our best. The most important thing is that we are friends, and I believe that if you’re on a team loving being together then you will also make the shots that are important. No matter what, if I play a bad stone, I have my teammates picking me up, and I believe that is the spirit of the game.”

Jennifer Jones; skip Canada, (after 8-7 win over Russia): “That wasn’t my best game for sure, but we made some big shots and managed to score more points than them and pull out a win. It will be nice to have a little break this afternoon. I knew [last stone] was a little strong when I let it go so I was just hoping it was going to curl and stop and it just did. I would like to throw it a little better next time but it was good enough today for the win.”

Results after session 15: Sweden 6-4 Japan; Switzerland 6-9 Czech Republic; Russia 7-8 Canada; Denmark 8-7 Scotland

Standings after session 15

Q Canada 9-0
Q Sweden 9-1
Korea 6-2
Russia 6-3
Czech Republic 5-4
United States 4-4
Japan 4-5
China 3-6
Denmark 3-6
Switzerland 3-6
Scotland 3-7
Italy 2-7
Germany 1-7

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