China, Korea and Japan all qualify for women’s semi-finals

Team Korea at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2019 - © WCF / Tom Rowland

China, Japan and Korea have all qualified for the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2019 semi-finals, after the sixth session of women’s round-robin games.

The women’s semi-finals will be played on Thursday (7 November) night and Friday (8 November) morning at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center. There is one more session of women’s round-robin games on Thursday morning, where the fourth placed team will be determined.

Currently, Chinese Taipei hold that position with three wins and three losses. Australia, Hong Kong and Kazakhstan are all behind them, with just two wins.

Seven-point ends

China’s second Xindi Jiang – © WCF / Tom Rowland

China secured their qualification place with a 17-2 win over Kazakhstan. On the way to their victory, in the first end, China opened the scoring with seven points, when skip Yu Han, made a draw onto the edge of the eight-foot ring.

China’s lead Ruiyi Zhao credited improvements in China’s shot-making after the game. She said, “There are some shots that we weren’t able to make in the earlier games and we tried to practice and made some of them in this game. We’ve been improving the execution as well as the accuracy of our draws, and we’ll try to play some more challenging shots.”

Chinese Taipei played Australia and, in the fourth end, Australia’s skip Lauren Wagner attempted a triple take-out for a possible six points. However, the stones didn’t clear as planned and Chinese Taipei stole two points from the end. At that stage, they led 5-0, before going on to win 13-0.

Stay focused

Japan qualified after beating Hong Kong. In the second end, Japan stole two points, when Hong Kong’s skip Ling-Yue Hung attempted to draw around Japanese counting stones on the four-foot ring. After that Japan had a 3-0 advantage. Then, in the fifth end, Japan’s fourth player, Ikue Kitazawa had to keep a draw tight to the centre line to secure three points. She did and Japan extended their lead to 10-1. The game ended 15-1.

After the game Japan’s skip, Seina Nakajima, said, “We are very pleased that we’re heading into the play-offs, but now each player has to keep the concentration and stay focused.”

Like China, Korea also opened with a seven-point end in their game against Qatar, en route to their 20-0 victory.

 

Results after session six: China 17-2 Kazakhstan; Korea 20-0 Qatar; Australia 0-13 Chinese Taipei; Japan 15-1 Hong Kong

 

Standings after session six

Q China 5-1

Q Japan 5-1

Q Korea 5-1

Chinese Taipei 3-3

Australia 2-4

Hong Kong 2-4

Kazakhstan 2-4

Qatar 0-6

 

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Shenzhen, China

6 November 2019
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