Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
March 20, 2014
With only Thursday evening's final session of round-robin play left, Canada are leading the standing at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Saint John, Canada.
They played China on Thursday afternoon and won by 6-4, while Switzerland followed up their morning loss to Russia with a 9-5 win over the Czech Republic on Thursday afternoon. This puts both Canada and the Swiss on nine wins, but Switzerland have now completed their round-robin programme while Canada still have one game to play - against Sweden.
In the morning session, Sweden had beaten China by 10-5 and the Thursday evening show-down between them and Canada will determine rankings for the Page Play-offs.
Canada and Switzerland now know they are definitely in the Play-offs, and Sweden and Russia are close behind. The only other team still in Play-off contention is Korea, who beat USA by 8-6 on Thursday morning. They now face Scotland, who later lost to USA by 4-8, in the final round-robin session, knowing that if they win and either Russia or Sweden lose their last games they will force a tie-breaker for the fourth qualifying slot.
Speaking about making it to the Play-offs Canada's Lisa Weagle said, "we're in the play-offs and we're really happy about that - to know we're there is great, but we still have one more game and another job to do out there tonight."
Meanwhile, Switzerland's skip Binia Feltscher said, "we are very happy that we have qualified for the playoffs. With this win we reached our goal. Now, we are looking forward to the playoffs. It doesn’t matter against which team we will be playing. Each of them will be very strong.”
In the fourth game of the morning session, Germany beat Latvia by 6-4 and then beat Denmark by 10-5 in the afternoon session.
Session 15: Korea 8, USA 6; Russia 8, Switzerland 5; Germany 6, Latvia 4; Sweden 10, China 5.
Session 16: Czech Republic 5, Switzerland 9; USA 8, Scotland 4; China 4, Canada 6; Denmark 5, Germany 10.
Standings after 16 sessions:
1. Canada 9-1
2. Switzerland 9-2
3. Russia 8-2
3. Sweden 8-2
5. Korea 7-3
6. USA 6-5
7. China 6-5
8. Germany 3-8
9. Scotland 2-8
9. Czech Republic 2-8
11. Denmark 1-9
11. Latvia 1-9
World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Saint John. WCF Broadcast Partners for the event include TV4 in Sweden, Russia 2 in Russia, CCTV in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil. TSN is carrying coverage in Canada (RDS in Quebec). www.worldcurling.org/wwcc-2014-tv-web-tv-programme-schedule
In addition, Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2014 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV And embedded on the hompage of the WCF Website www.worldcurling.org
More information about the event can be found on the event website: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/
Results are here: www.curling.ca/scoreboard
Event Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/WorldWomensCurlingChampionship
Event Twitter Hashtags: #wwcc2014 #curling
The World Women’s Curling Championship 2015 will take place in Sapporo, Japan, from 14-22 March in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium.