Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014 – Semi-final

Switzerland beat Korea by 7-3 in Saturday afternoon's semi-final of the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Saint John, Canada.

Switzerland v Korea Semi photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns
Team Korea photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns
Swiss win photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns
Swiss win photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns

This result means that the Swiss now go on to Sunday's evening's gold medal final where they will face Canada, who earlier qualified direct from the Page Play-offs, while Korea will play Russia for bronze medals on Sunday afternoon.

This game was tight all the way. The Swiss opened with a score of one in the first end. In the second end, Korea's fourth player Un Chi Gim was facing three Swiss counting stones when she delivered her draw shot to score one point and tie the game at 1-1.

The teams swapped single points in ends three and four and, in the fifth end Korea's fourth player Un Chi Gim just caught a front guard as she attempted to remove a Swiss stone in the house. This left Switzerland skip Binia Feltscher a straightforward draw with her own last stone to score two points from the end and take a 4-2 lead.

In the sixth end, Korea scored one point to reduce the Swiss lead to 4-3 when Gim played a hit and stay.

The Swiss then blanked the next two ends to keep last stone advantage. To achieve this in the eighth end, Feltscher played a well-judged hit and roll out. In the ninth end, Gim attempted a heavy weight take-out with her last stone, but left some Swiss stones in the house. With her last stone of this end, Feltscher promoted one of her own stones to tap-out the one Korean stone that was nestled among her own to score three points from the end and take a 7-3 lead.

Korea ran out of stones in the tenth end, to give Switzerland their win, at 7-3.

After her win, Swiss skip Feltscher admitted that she hadn't started thinking about the possibility of winning gold. She said, "I haven't even given it that much thought yet. I'm just very happy with the silver medal, now.” Reviewing the game itself, she added, "we had the advantage of the last rock and we felt very comfortable with that. We just played our game the way we had planned it."

Korean skip Jisun Kim said, "our team members were great, but the Switzerland team was better than us. Such is life." Looking forward to the bronze medal game against Russia, she added, "with the fame of curling right now I think that tomorrow's game is very important for South Korea."

RESULTS
Semi-final: Switzerland 7, Korea 3.
Page 3v4: Korea 9, Russia 5.

Current standings:
Canada (to play Gold medal game against Switzerland)
Switzerland (to play Gold medal game against Canada)
Korea (to play Bronze medal game against Russia)
Russia (to play Bronze medal game against Korea)
5. Sweden
6. USA
7. China
8. Germany
9. Czech Republic
10. Denmark
11. Scotland
12. Latvia

SCHEDULE (all times local ADT)

Sunday 23 March
12:00 Bronze Medal Game: Russia v Korea
19:30 Gold Medal Game: Canada v Switzerland

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, SBS in Korea, 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

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The World Women’s Curling Championship 2015 will take place in Sapporo, Japan, from 14-22 March in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium.