Sweden and Canada advance to World Junior women's gold medal game

  • Sweden's Almida De Val, Fanny Sjoeberg and Jennie Waahlin © WCF / Richard Gray

Sweden beat Norway by 9-3 in Friday's women's semi-final, while Canada beat China by 9-7 in the other play-off game.

These two teams will now play for gold and silver medals in Saturday's final, while China and Norway will face each other for bronze medals. The final is at 09:00 (Greenwich Mean Time) live on World Curling TV - www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv

Sweden are the defending world champions and they went into this game with an unbeaten performance in the nine-game round-robin. In a strong first half, they scored two points in the second end, three points in the fourth end and stole one more point in the fifth end to go into the fifth-end break with a 6-2 lead. When they stole one more point in the eighth end for a 9-3 lead, Norway conceded.

Canada seemed to be cruising in the other semi-final, scoring two points in the first end and three points in the third end for an early 5-1 lead. But, in the fifth end, China's fourth player Ziqi Dong had an open draw into the house to score four points and level the game at 5-5. The teams were level again at 7-7 after the seventh end, but in the tenth end, when Dong could not pull off a complicated promote shot, Canada had a single steal to win by 9-7.

These results mean that the top two teams from the round-robin will now face each other for gold medals, and the 2018 world title. The bronze medal game between China and Norway will also be at 09:00 (GMT) on Saturday.

Next live women's game on World Curling TV: Canada v Sweden on Saturday 10 March at 09:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)

They said it

Isabella Wranaa; skip, Sweden (after 9-3 semi-final win over Norway): "It feels fantastic that we get the chance to defend our championship title, but we know we have to do one more really good game to get it.

"I'd say that was a good game - we took our opportunities when they were there and we forced Norway to make harder shots than we had to do. This is a high-level competition, so you need to be at your best at all times."

Kaitlyn Jones; skip, Canada (after 9-7 semi-final win over China): "We played a battle to the end today, so we're lucky to be in the final, so we're going to come out tomorrow and have a strong game against Sweden.

"We missed one key shot [in the fifth] and then the whole end turned around. That's how curling works sometimes, if you miss one key shot, everything can change. We let ourselves down in the fifth end, but after that I still think we played a pretty good game. We've just got to make sure that we keep the game simplified.
"We had a lot of rocks in play in that end when we shouldn't have when we were up by four, so I think tomorrow the key will be to keep it simplified. Sweden are not an easy target for sure, but we had a really good game against them yesterday, and maybe if we come out firing against them tomorrow we can put up a good game."

Women semi-final results: Sweden 9-3 Norway; China 7-9 Canada

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