Friday 24 March 2017
In Friday’s (24 March) only game in the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 in Beijing, China, Canada – unbeaten so far – faced second-placed Russia in the Page 1v2 play-off.
Canada, who were the winners, by 7-3, now move directly to the final (on Sunday 26 March at 15.00). Meanwhile, Russia, have a second chance to reach the final by proceeding to the sole semi-final on Saturday (25 March at 19.00). Russia will play the winner of the Page 3v4 game (on 25 March at 14.00) between Sweden and Scotland. All these games are live on WCTV or national broadcasters and are eight hours ahead of Universal Coordinated Time.
Canada blanked the first end but could only score one point in the second end when their skip Rachel Homan was heavy with her final draw for two points. In the third end, Russia scored two points for a 2-1 lead when their skip Anna Sidorova tapped back one of her own stones.
However, in the fourth end, Homan gave her team a 3-2 lead with a good draw, for two points. Canada then moved further ahead to 4-2 with a steal of one point in the fifth end, but Russia’s Sidorova then reduced that lead to just one point with a draw in the sixth end.
After this, Homan pulled ahead again with one point in the seventh end and then had single point steals in both the eighth and ninth ends to seal the 7-3 win, that puts her team straight to the final. This guarantees at least silver medals for Canada in this championship – a result that gave Canadian lead Lisa Weagle the best of 32nd birthday presents.
They said it
Rachel Homan; skip, Canada (after 7-3 Page 1v2 play-off win over Russia): “It feels unreal, we’re excited to be in the final for Canada, you never know what’s going to happen but we’re going to battle hard for gold for Canada. We’ll be trying our hardest, that’s for sure and it would mean the world to us [to win gold]. We’re really excited that we’ve made it so far.”
Anna Sidorova; skip, Russia (after 3-7 Page 1v2 play-off loss to Canada): “The good thing is that we have had that experience [playing in the Page 1v2] and that we made history for Russian Curling, qualifying in second place at the Worlds. This didn’t mean that it was going to be easy, because the teams that have qualified are all top teams and you have to play your best curling to win. We didn’t show it [our best curling] today, I think the team felt too nervous. The good thing about qualifying in first or second place is you have two chances to go to the final. We still have a chance.”
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WCTV highlights next live game: Sweden v Scotland (Page 3v4 play-off, Saturday 25 March at 14.00, +8 UTC)