China & Korea reach final to qualify for Women’s Worlds

  • China celebrate their semi-final victory Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

China won the second women’s semi-final at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2016, being played in the Uiseong Curling Training Center, Korea on Friday (11 November) afternoon.

Skip Bingyu Wang and her team, defeated the defending champions, Japan, 6-3, to secure their place in Saturday’s (12 November) final, to be played at 09.00 (Korean Standard Time) – live on World Curling TV and national broadcasters.

This also means that – with China hosting the next World Women’s Curling Championship in Beijing – Korea who won their semi-final earlier in the day have also qualified for the Worlds, which will be held between 18-26 March 2017.

China had the lead from the start scoring two points in the opening end, before a steal of one point in the fifth end gave them a 4-1 lead at the break.

In the seventh end Japan edged back into the game, when Wang tried a double takeout with her last stone, but only removed one of the Japanese stones, giving her opponents a steal of one, taking the score to 4-3, in favour of China.

In the ninth end, with China sitting closest to the button and Japan with the hammer, Japan skip, Satsuki Fujisawa attempted to remove her opponents stone, which was buried behind a set of guards, and score two points. However, her stone didn’t curl quite enough and sailed past the Chinese stone, by a whisker, giving China a point steal and a 6-3 lead.

In the final end, Japan were run out of stones and conceded the game 3-6.

Next to be broadcasted on WCTV and national broadcasters is Japan v Korea, during the men’s semi-finals at 19.00 (KST) on Friday evening.

They said it:

Bingyu Wang; China, skip (after 6-3 win over Japan): “I feel great. Today Japan played very well, that was a great game, but we are grateful for our confidence and going to the final with our new team. We made the better shots, they are so strong, but we focussed on the rocks and ice to win the game.”

Result women’s second semi-final: Japan 3-6 China


Standings after women’s second semi-final (W-L):

WOMEN:

GF China 7-1
GF Korea 7-1
BF Japan 6-2
BF New Zealand 4-4
Australia 2-4
Hong Kong 2-5
Kazakhstan 1-6
Qatar 0-7

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