Switzerland advance to the LGT World Women’s gold medal game after extra-end win

  • Switzerland to compete for LGT Women’s World title © WCF / Richard Gray

In a close game that went all the way to an extra end, Switzerland emerged as 5-3 winners over Korea in Saturday afternoon’s first semi-final of the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 in Silkeborg, Denmark.

The Swiss now go on to face the winners of the second semi-final between Sweden and Japan on Sunday afternoon for gold medals and the world title, while before that, Korea will come back on to the ice to face the other semi-final losers for bronze medals.

The game featured three blank ends and started with a steal of one point for Switzerland in the first end when Korea’s skip Minji Kim missed two successive angle raise take-out attempts.

Korea scored one point in the second end to level the game. Then, after a blank third end, in the fourth end, Switzerland’s Paetz played a hit and kept her own stone in play to score one point and take a 2-1 lead.

In the next end, Korea’s skip Minji Kim played a double take-out on two Swiss stones to deliberately blank again and keep last stone advantage. That tactic meant that Korea had last stone in the sixth end, looking for a multiple score, but, when she came to play her last stone, Korea’s Kim was facing four counting Swiss stones and was forced to hit and stay to score just one point – rather than more – to level the game at 2-2.

In the eighth end, Switzerland Paetz played a nose-hit to score one more point and take a 3-2 lead.

After a blank ninth end, Korea’s Kim could only score one point in the tenth end when her tap-up attempt wasn’t precise enough. This pushed the game into an extra end with the score tied at 3-3.

In that extra end, Switzerland’s Paetz hit out a Korean stone that was sitting on the button, leaving two other Swiss stones already in the house to score two points and give Switzerland the 5-3 win that put them into the gold medal final.

After this win, a delighted Switzerland skip Silvana Tirinzoni said, “I don’t have any words. It’s been such a hard week actually - for every game, for every rock. Now we are in the final it feels amazing. Usually Asian teams prefer to draw, I was a little bit surprised [they were defensive]. I didn’t mind at all, as this was more our game."

The bronze medal game will take place on Sunday at 10:00 while the gold medal final will follow that afternoon at 16:00 (all times Central European Time, GMT +1)

Results

Semi-final: Switzerland 5-3 Korea.

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