Saturday 25 March 2017
Sweden will face Russia in Saturday (25 March) evening’s semi-final game – at 19.00, live on World Curling TV or national broadcasters – after they beat Scotland by 8-5 in Saturday afternoon’s Page 3v4 play-off in the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 in Beijing, China.
Canada – unbeaten so far in the Championship – had already booked their place in the gold medal final, having beaten Russia in the Page 1v2 play-off on Friday (24 March).
Now, the semi-final winner will face Canada for gold and the brand new World Curling Championship trophy, while the loser will play Scotland for bronze medals.
In a tight game, Sweden took the early advantage with a single steal in the second end for a 2-0 lead.
After this, Sweden made the first real break-through in the sixth end when their skip Anna Hasselborg was able to hit out a Scottish stone to score two points from the end and take a 5-2 lead.
In the seventh end, Scotland’s skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone into the house for two points that reduced Sweden’s lead to 5-4. But, in the eighth end, Sweden scored three points as Hasselborg added her final stone to the two Swedish stones already counting in the house.
Scotland could only hit for one point in the ninth end to take the score to 8-5 in Sweden’s favour, after which the Scots ran out of stones in the tenth end.
They said it
Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 8-5 Page 3v4 win over Scotland): “It feels amazing [winning this game], the girls keep playing great. We had hammer and were first on the board, which was important, against a good team like Scotland. You can never relax – I was struggling a bit with draw weight in the beginning, but my team was playing good set ups. The goal [coming here] was to medal and secure an Olympic spot for Sweden.”
Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 5-8 Page 3v4 loss to Sweden): “We’re disappointed. You don’t want to lose a play-off game, but Sweden were the stronger team. We battled hard but we gave her [Anna Hasselborg] too many half-shots and we didn’t have many. So, we’ve just got to dust ourselves off and come out firing tomorrow. We’ve still got a chance for a medal.”
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WCTV highlights next live game: Russia v Sweden (semi-final, Saturday 25 March at 19.00, +8 UTC)