Sweden and Canada to play for the 2019 World Mixed Doubles title

  • Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson and Anna Hasselborg © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Sweden and Canada will meet in the gold medal final of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2019, in Stavanger, Norway, after winning in the semi-final draw of Saturday’s morning session.

Sweden advance to the finals after a 7-5 win against Australia – a tight game where the lead changed hands four times. Australia got on the scoreboard first, taking one point with the hammer in the first end. Sweden answered back by taking control of the game and bringing the score to 3-1 by the fourth end.

Australia’s Tahli Gill made a masterful hit for three points with her last stone in the fourth end to give the Aussies a lead, 4-3, once more.

“It was a really tough shot for three and she played it,” said Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson.

Despite that, Sweden were able to consistently score throughout the next three ends, only giving up one point on the last end. Sweden had an 81 per cent team shot success rate compared to Australia’s 53 per cent team total.

“We said to each other during the break that we are playing better than them, we felt,” Eriksson said. “They had a few breaks on us. We had to keep grinding and make five shots in every end. Then the results will come in the end.”

In the Canada versus United States game, the Canadians won 9-5. The Canadians set the pace for the game early, earning three-points in both the second and fourth ends. This put the Americans behind, 2-6. Though the United States were able to score three points in the fifth end, bringing the score to 5-6, it wasn’t enough to catch the Canadians who won the next two ends and, ultimately, the game.

“We knew we had to play well against John [Shuster] and Cory [Christensen], they are tremendous players,” said Canada’s Brett Gallant.

Playing for gold will be Sweden and Canada and for bronze Australia and United States. Both games are live on World Curling TV (geo-blocking may apply) and national broadcasters.

The bronze medal game will take place at 13:00, followed by the gold medal final at 16:00. Times are Central European Summer Time, which is +2 hours from Greenwich Mean Time.

Medal games: Australia v United States (bronze); Sweden v Canada (gold)

Semi-finals: Canada. 9-5 United States; Sweden 7-5 Australia

Results quarter-finals: Sweden 8-3 Czech Republic; Australia 6-5 Japan; Estonia 5-9 United States; Canada 7-3 Russia

Results last 16 session one: New Zealand 4-9 Sweden; Australia 8-1 Switzerland; Japan 9-4 Hungary; Czech Republic 5-4 Norway

Results last 16 session : Scotland 3-8 Estonia; Spain 5-8 Russia; England 4-7 United States; Canada 7-2 Finland

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