China, Latvia, Canada and Korea move into quarter-finals

  • China's Rui Wang Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

After the first round of last 16 games in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2017 China, Latvia and hosts Canada have taken a significant step to Olympic qualification with wins.

Korea also won in this session, but being the 2018 Olympic Winter Games hosts, their place in the Games is already secured.

These teams are now guaranteed at least five Olympic Qualification Points from the play-offs.

In a repeat of 2016’s World Mixed Doubles final China and Russia went head-to-head on Friday (28 April) morning - in the ATB Centre, in Lethbridge, Canada. China opened with a score of three points, before taking a 6-1 lead into the fourth end break. Then, despite scoring two points in the fifth end by utilising their power play, defending champions Russia, were never able to recover from this lead. China won 8-3 and advance to the quarter-finals at 19.30 (-6 UTC) on Friday.

Latvia, who had no Olympic Qualification Points before this event, have now put themselves in a stronger position to qualify, by beating Sweden 6-4 in this session. This keeps Latvia undefeated at this event so far.

Scotland and Canada met during this session and stayed within a point of each other up to the fourth end break. However, a steal of one point for Canada in the fifth end and then in a well-executed seventh end, utilising their power play, Canada scored four points to secure the win, 8-3.

In the final game of the session Korea and Ireland were against each other. Korea score single points in the first three ends to establish a 3-0 lead, before Ireland came back to level the scores after the fourth and fifth ends. Korea then scored two points in the sixth end, followed by a steal of one point in the seventh. After this they won 6-3.

Korea now play China in Friday night’s semi-finals, while Latvia and Canada go head-to-head. In order to establish the final ranking for this championship and Olympic points for the 12 top teams, Ireland play Russia and Sweden meet Scotland, in B-side quarter-finals at 16.00 (-6 UTC) on Friday.

The remaining last 16 games are at 12.30 (-6 UTC) on Friday. They are: Switzerland v Spain; Norway v Italy; Czech Republic v Hungary; and USA v Finland.


They said it

Dexin Ba; China (after 8-3 win over Russia): “We feel great! Very good. We just think one rock – one at a time we don’t think win or lose. We just trust each other and help each other. In the game, we had some mistakes but we keep trying.”

Santa Blumberga; Latvia (after 6-4 win over Sweden): “Super! With one word. We are feeling great! But [we] still [have] plenty of work to do.”

Joanne Courtney; Canada (after 8-3 win over Scotland): “We were calm and focused heading into that game. We had a good meeting yesterday and a good practice, and we just talked about wanting to use our sweeping as much as we can on all of our shots; a lot of our misses were heavy throughout the week. It worked out well for us today. We both felt pretty good about draw weight going into the game, and it’s clear what we need to do out there. The more we can just stay loose and totally immersed in the moment, the better it is.”

Kijeong Lee; Korea (after 6-3 win over Ireland): “The first end we were leading the score with two straight steals. But, we were getting nervous when Ireland got a steal as well so it was even. We tried to just focus on each shot and we made it.”


Results after first last 16 games: China 8-3 Russia; Sweden 4-6 Latvia; Scotland 3-8 Canada; Ireland 3-6 Korea


Standings: visit http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017/livescores


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WCTV highlights next live game: USA v Finland (Friday 28 April at 12.30, -6 UTC)