United States and Russia progress to Ford World Women’s semi-finals

  • Russia's second Galina Arsenkina sweeping © WCF / Michael Burns

Thanks largely to a record-equalling score of seven points in the ninth end of their 10-3 win over Olympic silver medallists Korea, United States will now face table-toppers Canada in Saturday (24 March) evening’s second semi-final of the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018, being staged in North Bay, Canada.

In the other qualification game, Russia ran Czech Republic out of stones in the tenth end to win by 7-3 and now go on to face Olympic gold medallists Sweden in the other semi-final, on Saturday afternoon.

Under the six-team play-off system, introduced for the first time this year, third-placed Korea played the sixth-placed United States team, while fourth-placed Russia faced the fifth-placed Czech Republic in elimination games to determine who would go on to face already-qualified table-toppers Canada and the second-placed Olympic champions from Sweden.

In the second end of the game between United States and Olympic silver medallists Korea, United States’ skip Jamie Sinclair was facing four Korean stones in the house when she played her last draw-shot. She managed to get inside them all, to score one point from the end and level the game at 1-1.

In the eighth end, it was the turn of Korean skip EunJung Kim to draw against four opposition stones, and she made it too, scoring one point to level the game again, at 3-3. However, the result was determined in the ninth end when United States’ Sinclair played a draw shot into the house for seven points to win by 10-3.

The game between Czech Republic and Russia opened with three blank ends but after this, with the score at 3-0 to Russia, in the sixth end Czech Republic skip Anna Kubeskova drew her last stone into a pocket in the middle of a crowded house to score three points and level the game at 3-3.

In the next end, Russia’s skip Victoria Moiseeva hit out a Czech stone at the back of the house to score two points and restore a lead, at 5-3. After this, Russia ran the Czechs out of stones in the tenth end to win by 7-3.

Following these games, Korea are ranked fifth overall, with the Czech Republic sixth.

Semi-final games will be available to watch on national broadcasters or www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV (note geo-blocking applies). Saturday’s games are (Eastern Time):

  • 14:00: Sweden v Russia
  • 19:00: Canada v United States

    They said it

    Jamie Sinclair; skip, United States (after 10-3 win over Korea): “It feels fantastic, I don’t really have words yet. I’m super-proud of the team and extremely excited to be playing in the next game. We knew that if we kept being patient we would get an opportunity and we knew then we had to capitalise on it.

    “The first half was very patient but after that we definitely took advantage. The ninth end was a little messy, I was just happy to be able to draw for seven with the last shot. I’ve never gone for a seven before at this level – Tuesday night league perhaps, but I don’t think that counts!

    “We have a lot of momentum going into this semi-final. We are excited to have a re-match against Canada, all our games against them in the past have been close.”

    Victoria Moiseeva; skip, Russia (after 7-3 win over Czech Republic): “I think it was a great performance. There were some shaky ends and some interesting situations and we handled it. Things like that happen [giving up three] and you shouldn’t let it affect your game. We did good before that, it was just one bad end and we knew that we still had the potential to score more than just one.

    “It’s pretty tough for us because it’s the first worlds and everything is new here. There’s a lot of emotions and we’re just trying to control them. We played a really good game against Sweden last time, so we just want to play a good game and let the best win.”

    Results after qualification games: Korea 3-10 United States; Czech Republic 3-7 Russia

    Standings after qualification games

    SF Canada 12-0
    SF Sweden 10-2
    SF Russia 8-5
    SF United States 7-6
    Korea 8-5
    Czech Republic 6-7
    China 6-6
    Switzerland 5-7
    Scotland 5-7
    Japan 5-7
    Denmark 3-9
    Germany 3-9
    Italy 2-10

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