Olympic gold medallists, Sweden reach Ford World Women’s final

  • Anna Hasselborg 'goes further' into the semi-final © WCF / Michael Burns

Sweden beat Russia by 7-6 in Saturday (24 March) afternoon’s first semi-final of the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada.

They now have the chance to add the world title to their Olympic gold medals, as they go on to face the winner of the second semi-final – either Canada or United States – in Sunday (25 March) afternoon’s gold final at 15:00. Before that, Russia will play the other semi-final loser for bronze at 10:00. Both games are live on national broadcasters and World Curling TV and times are Eastern Standard Time.

The Swedes opened the scoring in the first end when their skip Anna Hasselborg drew her second stone into the house to score two points. Russia’s skip Victoria Moiseeva responded straightaway in the second end as she too drew her last stone in to score two points and level the score at 2-2.

In the fourth end, Hasselborg had another chance for a score of two, but was heavy with her draw and had to settle for just one point for a 3-2 lead. In a sixth end that proved to be pivotal, Russia’s Moiseeva failed on a raise take-out attempt and this allowed Sweden to steal two points and move on to a 5-2 lead.

Moiseeva scored one point in the seventh end with a draw that almost went too far because of some debris on the ice and this reduced Sweden’s lead to 5-3. Then, in the eighth end, Sweden’s Hasselborg hit out a Russian stone to score two more points for a 7-3 lead.

Russia fought back after this when skip Moiseeva drew her last stone of the ninth end into the house to score two points and reduce Sweden’s lead to 7-5. After this, Sweden ran Russia out of stones in the tenth end to seal their 7-6 win.

The next semi-final will be available to watch on national broadcasters or www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV (note geo-blocking applies), on Saturday (24 March) at (Eastern Standard Time):

  • 19:00: Canada v United States

    They said it

    Victoria Moiseeva; skip, Russia (after 6-7 semi-final loss to Sweden): “I’m proud of my team, we didn’t have a lot of rest from the previous game and we knew that there was a chance that if we let Sweden get up by two or more than two they would start their high take-out game.

    "We knew that, and we didn’t want that and it was just one bad end that didn’t work for us. It was one little mistake that turned it all. We now want to show that Russia is really strong and that we have good teams.”

    Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 7-6 semi-final win over Russia): “It’s amazing! We’ve been playing a lot of games to put ourselves in this position and I think this was our best game of the week, I’m so happy with the team performance.

    “It was very important that we came into the game with the hammer and we managed the scoreboard and played a little bit better. I’m super-proud. Before this season we said we wanted to medal at the Worlds. Now we have won a sliver and tomorrow I hope we win a gold.

    “It’s been many games, but in this position is where we love to be. Being in the semi-final makes us feel energised and now it feels like we haven’t played any games at all. It feels great and one more to go.”

    Semi-final one result: Sweden 7-6 Russia

    Standings after first semi-final

    SF Canada 12-0
    SF Sweden 11-2
    SF Russia 8-6
    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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