Russia secure play-off berth along with Canada and Sweden

  • Russia and Sweden in action during session 16 Photo: © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Russia secured their place in the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 play-offs on Thursday (23 March) afternoon, with a win over Sweden.

This means that Canada, who beat Denmark to finish their round-robin campaign undefeated, Sweden and Russia are guaranteed a place in the play-offs, which will be played on Friday (24 March) night and Saturday (25 March) afternoon.

Only one more team can qualify, at the conclusion of the round-robin on Thursday night (19.00, +8 UTC). The teams still in contention are Scotland and Czech Republic who play each other in that final session.

In the fifth end of the game between Sweden and Russia, Russian skip Anna Sidorova made a hit, which gave her team one point and which levelled the scores at 2-2. Then, in the ninth end Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg missed a hit, which handed Russia a steal of four points, at which point Sweden conceded the game. The final score was 7-3.

Canada completed their round-robin campaign undefeated with a 8-4 win over Denmark. In the seventh end Denmark’s skip Lene Nielsen made a draw for two points and a 4-3 lead. However, Canada’s skip Rachel Homan, took the lead with a draw for three points in the eighth end, before taking a two-point steal in the ninth end, which concluded the game at 8-4, in Canada’s favour.

In the game between USA and Korea, in the fourth end USA skip Nina Roth was able to draw onto the button, through a very narrow channel and score one point, for a 3-1 lead. Then, once again in the tenth end Roth made a draw that gave her team a single point, which secured the win, by 5-4.

Czech Republic, in the final game of this session against Germany, scored three points in the seventh end to set up a 5-1 lead, when skip Anna Kubeskova made a draw into the house. In each of the next two ends Germany scored single points, but this was not enough for the win, with Czech Republic securing the victory, 5-3.

They said it

Rachel Homan; skip, Canada (after 8-4 win over Denmark): “We were in the [Page] 1-2 as of this morning, so we just wanted to stay focussed on the task in hand and not to the 1-2 already. There will be a bit more nerves [going into the play-offs] but we know how to deal with them and we have been in this position before. We need to make it to the final game, whatever it takes. It has been really fun [being in Beijing] – it has been a new experience and new culture. We’re really fortunate to experience this and be so far away from home.“

Anna Kubeskova; skip, Czech Republic (after 5-3 win over Germany): “We really had to win this game – both teams really had to win this game. It was tough but we made the key shots and the last end was really under our control. Last time we played Scotland was the European bronze medal game, which we lost, so they are probably the favourites [in the final round-robin game]. But, we’re happy for this win, so I think we can build on that, make the key shots and put the pressure on them.”

Results after session 16: USA 5-4 Korea; Czech Republic 5-3 Germany; Sweden 3-7 Russia; Canada 8-4 Denmark

Standings after session 15 (W-L):

Q Canada 10-0
Q Sweden 8-3
Q Russia 7-3
Scotland 6-4
USA 6-5
Czech Republic 5-5
Switzerland 5-5
Germany 5-6
Korea 4-6
Italy 3-7
China 2-8
Denmark 0-10

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WCTV highlights next live game: Russia v China (Thursday 23 March at 19.00, +8 UTC)