Czech Republic last team into play-offs despite sitting out final round-robin session

  • Czech Republic sweepers © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Although they were not on the ice, Czech Republic were the main beneficiaries of what happened in Friday (23 March) evening's 20th and last round-robin session of the Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada.

The combination of results meant that they took the sixth and last available slot in the weekend's play-off games - joining already qualified Canada, Sweden, Korea, Russia and United States.

The session winners were Canada, who beat United States by 8-5; China, 7-6 winners over Germany; Russia, who beat Denmark by 10-5 and Scotland, who were 6-5 extra-end winners over Olympic silver medallists Korea.

With the round-robin now concluded, table-toppers Canada and the second-placed Olympic champions from Sweden move directly into separate semi-finals on Saturday. Canada and Sweden's opponents will be determined by the results of the two qualification games beforehand, in which third-placed Korea will play the sixth-placed United States, and fourth-placed Russia will face fifth-placed Czech Republic.

Games will be available to watch on national broadcasters or (note geo-blocking applies). Saturday's games are:
* 09:00: Korea v United States (3v6) and Russia v Czech Republic (4v5)
* 14:00: Sweden v higher ranked winner from the qualification games
* 19:00: Canada v lower ranked winner from the qualification games

They said it

Victoria Moiseeva; skip, Russia (after 10-5 win over Denmark): "It was a tough loss before that game and we really needed to come back to ourselves and feel the confidence again. We had some problems in the previous game and we tried to repeat these shots to perfect some things. We just need to go to the hotel now, have a good sleep and tomorrow is a completely new day. It's not round-robin, it's the play-offs, its win or lose. We have to be focused like we've never been before."

Jennifer Jones; skip, Canada (after 8-5 win over United States): "We've had a pretty consistent week and made a lot of big shots when we had to and hopefully that streak can continue into the play-offs. Anytime you can play at a world championship is a dream come true and if you get to stand on the podium it's truly unbelievable, so hopefully we will get that chance to play in the final."

Results after session 20: Denmark 5-10 Russia; Korea 5-6 Scotland; Canada 8-5 United States; China 7-6 Germany

Standings after session 20

Q Canada 12-0
Q Sweden 10-2
Q Korea 8-4
Q Russia 7-5
Q Czech Republic 6-6
Q United States 6-6
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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