Korea qualifies for semi-finals, while Japan remains undefeated

  • Korea qualify for the semi-finals © WCF / Tom Rowland

In the sixth session of round-robin play in the women’s competition at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2018, Korea claimed their place in the semi-finals, while Japan and Australia also won.

Korea became the third team to earn a spot in the semi-finals after defeating Hong Kong by 8-4. In that game, Korea opened the scoring with a single point steal in the first end, after Hong Kong skip, Ling-Yue Hung’s hit-and-roll attempt fell short of scoring position.

Korea followed that steal with two single-point steals in the second and third ends, then a two-point steal in the fourth end on their way to leading 5-1 at the break.

In the seventh end, Korea skip, Minji Kim, played a draw with her last stone to the back of the four-foot ring to score three points and increase their lead to 8-2. Korea would hold on to win the game, by 8-4, and claim their place in the semi-finals.

After their win, Korea skip, Minji Kim said: “We are so happy to be qualified for the semi-finals, and we are trying to do better in the semi-final round. We want to be prepared for that. We need to reduce the mistakes in the draws as a team.”

China and Japan came into this session as the only undefeated teams in the women’s competition and it would be Japan who remained so after their game, winning 8-7 in an extra end.

The teams traded single points over the first two ends, before Japan skip Satsuki Fujisawa drew her final stone to the 12-foot ring to score two points and take a 3-1 lead in the third end.

Then, in the eighth end, with the scores level at 4-4, Fujisawa drew her final stone to the edge of the button for a score of three points and the 7-4 lead.

China fought back to level the scores at 7-7, following a score of two points in the ninth end and a steal of one point in the tenth end, to take the game into an extra end. In that extra end, Fujisawa was left with an open hit for the single point and the 8-7 win.

After their game, Satsuki Fujisawa said: “It’s actually the first time that we competed until the tenth end, so we experienced the ice after eight ends for the first time. In the ninth end, when we called the time-out, we could have taken either the take-out or the guard, and it was our decision to choose the take-out. Our last shot in the game was very good, something we applause for.”

Elsewhere in the session Australia won by 9-8 in an extra-end game against Kazakhstan, keeping their chances for a spot in the semi-finals alive.

The women’s championship continues tomorrow (Thursday 8 November) with the final round-robin session at 09:00 Korea Standard Time.

Results

Session six: Kazakhstan 8-9 Australia; Korea 8-4 Hong Kong; China 7-8 Japan.

Standings (W-L)

Japan (5-0) Q
China (5-1) Q
Korea (4-1) Q
Australia (2-3)
Hong Kong (1-4)
Kazakhstan (1-4)
Qatar (0-5)

Q = Qualified for the semi-finals

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