Korea join play-off picture alongside Sweden and Russia

  • Korea’s skip Minji Kim in action against Latvia © WCF / Richard Gray

Friday is the last day of round-robin action at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 in Silkeborg, Denmark. Korea came on to face Latvia in the morning’s eighteenth session, knowing that a victory would guarantee them a place in the weekend’s play-off games.

This game went all the way to the last stone after Latvia had scored three points in the ninth end to take a 7-6 lead. In the tenth end, Korea skip Minji Kim made a soft weight hit for two points and gave her team the 8-7 win that lets them join Sweden and Russia in the six-team qualification line-up.

Afterwards, Kim said, “I was very nervous, because we gave away the three points and then it got very tight. We have been at the Curling World Cup twice, so we already know how it feels when it comes down to the last stone. We’ve had a long season and we’re really tired. We’re not a very experienced team, but we feel like we’re learning all the time and that’s really nice, we’re learning through all this.”

In the fourth end of the game between United States and Scotland, American skip Jamie Sinclair hit out a Scottish stone and kept her own in the house to score two points and take a 3-2 lead. Later, in the seventh end, Sinclair had a heavy-weight hit on a Scottish stone to score six points – the largest single-end score of the event so far – and take a 9-4 lead.

After this, United States hung on to win by 9-7, keeping their qualification hopes alive with their final game against Switzerland tonight. However, this loss puts qualification beyond the Scots.

After the game Sinclair said, “That was a good game for us. We struggled a bit with the ice, but I’m really proud of the girls, especially getting that six-banger. Now it’s just keeping the momentum going to the next one. I think our game-plan is really strong and we’re throwing it well. Against Switzerland we’ve just got to figure out the ice before they do.”

In the other games of this session, Denmark beat Finland by 7-6 to delight the packed home crowd when skip Madeleine Dupont delivered a draw into the house to score two points.
Already-qualified Olympic champions Sweden remain top of the ranking thanks to their 5-3 win over Canada.

In the seventh end of the game against Canada, and after the first three ends had been blanked, Sweden skip Anna Hasselborg played a draw to score two and take a 3-2 lead. In the ninth end, Hasselborg hit out a Canadian stone to score two more points and move onto a 5-3 lead.

Sweden ran Canada out of stones in the tenth end and shook hands, with a final score of 5-3. Despite this loss, Canada still have a chance of qualifying, with a game against Denmark still to play.

With Sweden, Korea and Russia already qualified, three more places in the play-off games are still up for grabs, with five teams – Switzerland, China, United Sates, Japan, and Canada still in the hunt. After the round-robin, the first and second-ranked teams will move directly to the semi-finals, while the third-ranked team will play the sixth-placed team, and the fourth team will play fifth in qualification games, with the winners going onto the semi-finals.

Results

Session 18: Latvia 7-8 Korea; Denmark 7-6 Finland; Sweden 5-3 Canada; United States 9-7 Scotland

Standings (W-L)

Q Sweden 10-1
Q Russia 8-3
Q Korea 8-3
Switzerland 7-3
China 7-4
United States 6-5
Japan 5-5
Canada 5-6
Germany 4-6
Scotland 4-7
Denmark 3-8
Finland 2-9
Latvia 1-10

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