Switzerland reach Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2016 final

  • Switzerland skip Binia Feltscher delivers a stone during her team's Page 1-2 game Photo: WCF / Michael Burns

Switzerland played Japan in Friday (25 March) evening's Page 1-2 Play-off game at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada, with the winner going direct to Sunday's (27 March) final and the loser having a second chance to get there by playing in Saturday's (26 March) semi-final.

Sunday’s Gold Medal Game – to be played at 15.00 (Mountain Daylight Time), live on WCTV – will be the fourth time in five years that Switzerland have contested the final in a World Women’s Curling Championship. Their skip here in Swift Current, Binia Feltscher, won the Gold in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada in 2014.

Switzerland opened with last stone advantage, and in the first end Swiss skip Binia Feltscher hit-out a Japan stone to open the scoring with a single point. Switzerland added to their score in the second end when Japan's skip Satsuki Fujisawa came up short with her last stone to give Switzerland a single steal.

In the third end, Fujisawa tapped a Swiss stone off the button to score her team's first point and reduce Switzerland's lead to 2-1, but, in the fourth end, Feltscher had a hit of her own to score one and take a 3-1 lead.

Japan then scored one more point in the fifth end and had a single-point steal in the sixth to level the score at 3-3. After this, the breakthrough came for Switzerland in the seventh end when, Japan were short with their final effort, Feltscher had a straightforward draw to score three points and move into an 6-3 lead.

Japan could only score one in the eighth end and, In the ninth, Feltscher had a draw to score two more points to take the score to 8-4 in Switzerland's favour, after which Japan conceded.

Switzerland now move directly to Sunday's final, while Japan will play the loser of Saturday morning's Page 3-4 Play-off, against either Canada or Russia, in Saturday evening's sole semi-final.

Coverage on World Curling TV will continue tomorrow (Saturday 26 March) with Russia v Japan in the Page 3-4 Play-off at 14.00 (all Mountain Daylight Time). Due to broadcast partner rights, the stream may not be available in your country. See http://worldcurling.org/wwcc2016/tv-schedule-ford-world-womens-curling-championship-2016 for more information.

They Said It

Binia Feltscher; Switzerland skip (after a 8-4 win over Japan): "We feel just the best now. We have a medal and that was our big goal. So what comes, comes – Gold or Silver. We played a very good game and we gained a bit from mistakes by Japan because they don't have play-off experience. They made one small mistake and we took advantage."

Satsuki Fujisawa; Japan skip (after 4-8 loss to Switzerland): "Following the changes in the ice the game was difficult for us, and after Switzerland scored the three we were chasing the game. But, the benefit of finishing second is that we have a second chance now to reach the final."

RESULTS, Page1-2

Switzerland 8-4 Japan

WWCC 2016 remaining games

  • Page 3-4 Play-off: Russia v Canada, Saturday 26 March 2016, 14.00 (MDT)

  • Semi-final: Saturday 26 March 2016, 19.00 (MDT)

  • Bronze Medal Game: Sunday 27 March 2016, 10.00 (MDT)

  • Gold Medal Game: Sunday 27 March: 15.00 (MDT)

  • STANDINGS after Page 1-2 (W-L)

    Switzerland 10-2: qualified final
    Japan 9-3: qualified semi-final
    Russia 8-3: qualified Page 3v4
    Canada 8-3: qualified Page 3v4
    Scotland 7-4
    USA 6-5
    Korea 5-6
    Denmark 5-6
    Sweden 4-7
    Germany 3-8
    Finland 1-10
    Italy 1-10

    WCTV highlights

     WWCC 2016 Page 1 2 result standings
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