Thursday 23 March 2017
As Czech Republic and Scotland went onto the ice to face each other in Thursday (23 March) evening’s 17th and final round-robin session in the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 in Beijing, China, they both needed a win to keep their play-off hopes alive.
Meanwhile, a win for already-qualified Russia over hosts China, who were out of contention, would push them into the Page 1v2 play-off game – at 19.00 on Friday 24 March live on World Curling TV and national broadcasters – against unbeaten Canada, who had finished their round-robin programme earlier.
In the sixth end of her game against Czech Republic, Scotland’s skip Eve Muirhead just feathered a Czech stone on the way in with her final stone, but even at that, the Scots still scored one point to take a 4-3 lead, but only after an umpire’s measure.
In the seventh end of this game, the Czech skip Anna Kubeskova played a well-judged draw right onto the button to score two points and take the lead at 5-4. Eventually, Muirhead took out a Czech stone with her own final effort of the tenth end, to score the two points that gave her team a 7-6 win and let her team grab the fourth play-off slot. The Scots now face Sweden in Saturday (25 March) afternoon’s Page 3v4 play-off game – at 14.00 on World Curling TV and national broadcasters.
In the fourth end of the game between Russia and China, Russia’s skip Anna Sidorova drew her last stone into the house to score one point in the fourth end and take a 2-1 lead. Then, China’s Bingyu Wang misjudged her final stone in the sixth end, only for it to crash onto a guard and hand Russia a steal of two points for a 4-1 lead. After this, Russia had a single steal in the seventh and concluded their 6-4 win with a single point in the tenth end. This result means that Russia are in the Page 1v2 game for the first time ever, while China finished 11th overall.
In the other games, Korea beat Switzerland by 9-8 to rank sixth overall, while Switzerland finished eighth, and Denmark beat Italy by 8-7 to record their first win of the week to rank 12th. Italy finish in tenth place.
First eight women’s curling teams set for 2018 Olympic Winter Games
These results also mean that Canada, Great Britain (qualified as Scotland), Japan, hosts Korea, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and USA have qualified their National Olympic Committees for the women’s curling event in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. This is certain at the conclusion of the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 round-robin. The Games will be held from 9-25 February 2018.
This also means that China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia and Norway are eligible to compete in the World Curling Federation’s Olympic Qualification Event to be held in Pilsen, Czech Republic between 5 and 10 December 2017. This event will determine the last two women’s teams to qualify for the Games.
They said it
Anna Sidorova; skip, Russia (after 6-4 win over China): “We knew that if we won the game we would play Page 1-2 game against Team Homan [Canada] and this would give us two chances for the Worlds final. We felt it was a tough week for us, but it was our main goal to get this chance. We have never played 1-2 page before – we are improving ever year. We stayed focussed and never compromised to win.”
Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 7-6 win over Czech Republic): “That was a good game, she [Anna Kubeskova] played some cracking draws to keep them in the game. We were patient, which was key out there. The ice was tricky – the trickiest it’s been, but we adapted to it pretty quickly. We were at the stage that win, win, win was what we had to do. Our first goal was to make the Play-offs and we’ve ticked that box. Our next goal is to make the semi-final and onwards from there.”
Results after session 17: Denmark 8-7 Italy; Russia 6-4 China; Czech Republic 6-7 Scotland; Switzerland 8-9 Korea
Standings after session 17 (W-L):
Q Canada 11-0
Q Russia 8-3
Q Sweden 8-3
Q Scotland 7-4
Czech Republic 5-6
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WCTV highlights next live game: Canada v Russia (Page 1v2 play-off, Friday 24 March at 19.00, +8 UTC)