World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2011 Day 5

Mixed Doubles Blue Group
1. Switzerland 7-0 (qualified for quarterfinals)
2. Russia 5-2 (qualified for quarterfinals)
3=Denmark 4-3
3=Slovakia 4-3
3=Canada 4-3
6. Norway 2-5
7. England 1-6
8. Italy 1-6

Switzerland and Russia are through to the quarterfinals. Denmark, Slovakia and Canada face tiebreakers to determine what team will play the 3rd place qualification game or makes it directly to the quarterfinals.

Mixed Doubles Red Group
1. Sweden 6-1 (qualified for quarterfinals)
2. Japan 5-2 (qualified for quarterfinals)
3=Hungary 4-3
3=Finland 4-3
5. Australia 3-4
6. New Zealand 3-4
7. Estonia 2-5
8. Korea 1-6

Sweden and Japan are through to the quarterfinals. With Hungary and Finland facing a tiebreaker to determine what team will play the 3rd place qualification game or makes it directly to the quarterfinals.

Mixed Doubles White Group
1. France 6-1 (qualified for quarterfinals)
2. USA 5-2 (qualified for quarterfinals)
3. China 5-2 **
4. Spain 4-3
5. Czech Republic 4-3
6. Scotland 3-4
7. Austria 1-6
8. Latvia 0-7

France and USA and are through to the quarterfinals. **China to be ranked with other 3rd placed teams once tiebreakers games are complete to decide who will play the 3rd place qualification game or makes it directly to the quarterfinals.

About the Quarterfinals:
At the end of the round-robin series, and any tiebreaker games (if required), there will be a clear ranking for 1st, 2nd and 3rd position in each group.
- The 1st and 2nd ranked teams qualify for the quarterfinals on Friday evening (20:00 local)
- The 3rd ranked team with the best Draw Shot Challenge (DSC) result also qualifies
- The other two 3rd ranked teams play a qualification game (Friday at 15:00 local) for the last quarterfinal spot.

QUARTERFINALS:
GAME 1 – Sweden v winner of qualification game
GAME 2 – Switzerland v best ranked third place team once tiebreakers are complete
GAME 3 – France v USA
GAME 4 – Japan v Russia

Semifinals – take place on Saturday morning (09:00 local)
Medal Games – Gold & Bronze – Saturday afternoon (14:00 local)

Results & linescores: http://www.2011worldcurling.com/home

Flash Quotes from Players on Day 5

Katja Kiiskinen, Team Finland after beating Japan 11-10: “I think both teams played really well, but for us, it was basically the last game of the championships so we said ‘ok – let’s go out there and try to have fun and play really well’ because we were struggling in the past three games. I think we are tactically building the ends well when we have got the hammer, so if you do nail a big shot with your last one then you do have a chance for a three or a four which we go there.”

Speaking about the tiebreaker they now face against Hungary:
“I’m looking forward to the tiebreaker against Hungary because it was such a tight game. I think both teams played excellent in our first game. We had the perfect weight after the practise because it was the first game of the tournament. I guess it’ll be another tight game and obviously they are the silver medallists from two years ago, so they are good at this game.”

Pauline Jeanneret, Team France on winning their final group game 9-8 against Austria and securing the first ever quarterfinal spot for France at a World Mixed Doubles Championship: “When we came into this competition we didn’t think that we would get as far as the playoff stages. So we are really pleased. Our aim is to continue with the same strategy and we are not planning on changing anything. But right now, I find it hard to believe that we’ve managed to make the final stages.”

Are Solberg, Team Denmark, on beating England 6-5 in an extra end and keeping their playoff hopes alive: “We played fairly good stones and ended up in an extra end and took it home. That’s great and now we may be in a tiebreak for a quarterfinal. We will try to win our game against Switzerland. They have a clean record. We will give it our best shot.”

Cristin Clark, Team USA after winning their game against China 8-4 and qualifying for the quarterfinals: "We're excited to make the quarters. That was our goal here all week and now we're finally here so that's great. We were really trying out there because we really wanted to avoid the tiebreakers and everything. We are very excited.”

About Mixed Doubles Curling:
Instead of playing in teams of four, Mixed Doubles Curling is for teams of two players – one male and one female (no alternate/spare player is allowed).
- The game is played on the same sheets of ice as “traditional” curling.
- Teams have only six stones each (instead of eight) - and one of those stones, from each team, is prepositioned on the centreline before each end of play starts.
- Player one delivers the first and last stones and player two plays the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next.
- Sweeping can be done by both team members.
- Each team receives 46 minutes of playing time and games are fixed at 8 ends – compared to 73 minutes and 10 ends for “traditional‟ curling.

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