Russia and United States into World Women’s play-offs

  • Russia's skip Victoria Moiseeva © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Despite losing to Korea by 7-8 after an extra end in Friday (23 March) afternoon’s 19th and second-last round-robin session of the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada, Russia have now qualified for the play-offs because of results elsewhere, as have United States, who sat out this session.

They join table-toppers Canada, Olympic champions and second-placed Sweden and Olympic silver medallists and third-placed Korea in the play-offs, with one last remaining slot still up for grabs. Canada, Sweden and Korea's places in the standings are secured at this stage.

Japan, Korea, Scotland, and Switzerland were all winners in this session, while Canada, China, Denmark, and Germany sat out, along with the Americans.

Switzerland beat Italy by 7-6, scoring three points in the eighth end along the way, while Japan had a 7-5 win over a Czech team that had regular second player Tereza Plisokova substituting for an unwell skip Anna Kubeskova.

Thanks largely to steals in the first two ends that gave them a 4-0 lead, Scotland beat the Olympic champions Sweden, while, Korea won the fourth game of the session, stealing the one point needed in the extra end to beat Russia.

As the two teams ranked at the top of the standings, Canada and Sweden now move directly to the semi-finals, while the battle for the sixth and last play-off slot is between Czech Republic and China. The Czechs have finished their round-robin programme, while China face Germany in the last round-robin session.

They said it

Tori Koana; skip, Japan (after 7-5 win over Czech Republic): “That was a really tough game and we lost some shots and this week we’ve lost some games, so I’m happy and relieved about the win in that game. Here, we have ice with a big curl and it’s fast, really good ice. Usually we practice on straight ice, so now we’ve learned how to curl on fast ice.”

Results after session 19: Italy 6-7 Switzerland; Czech Republic 5-7 Japan; Scotland 8-5 Sweden; Korea 8-7 Russia

Standings after session 19

Q Canada 11-0
Q Sweden 10-2
Q Korea 8-3
Q Russia 6-5
Q United States 6-5
Czech Republic 6-6
China 5-6
Japan 5-7
Switzerland 5-7
Scotland 4-7
Denmark 3-8
Germany 3-8
Italy 2-10

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