Sweden first to qualify for the LGT World Women’s play-off stage

  • Sweden qualify for the play-offs © WCF / Céline Stucki

Sweden became the first side to qualify for the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 play-off stage when they defeated Scotland 8-7 in Thursday morning’s 15th session of round-robin play.

Scotland took an early lead when their skip, Sophie Jackson, was left with an open draw to the four-foot to score two points in the third end to make the score 3-1. Scotland then stole a single point in the fourth end.

Sweden levelled the game in the fifth end when Swedish skip, Anna Hasselborg delivered an open hit for three points to make the score 5-5 at the break.

Sweden trailed 6-7 going into the tenth end, but with her final stone, Hasselborg played a short raise-tap to move a Scottish counter, score two points and take the win, 8-7, that secured their play-off place.

Hasselborg said after their win, “I think we’re pretty confident coming home with hammer in the last end. It’s a scenario we worked on a lot and as long as we have hammer we are confident, so I guess that is a little bit of experience.”

When asked about qualifying for the play-offs, she said, “I just saw that! I had no idea. It feels really nice. We are definitely going for the top two spots so you have to keep on working hard here. We have three games left against great teams so we have to keep focus.”

Korea defeated hosts Denmark in this session to remain in joint second place and move closer to securing a play-off spot of their own. Korea moved into an early lead when in the first end, already sitting one counter, Korean skip Minji Kim, had an open draw two score two points. Then in the second end, Korea stole a single point to increase their lead to 3-0 after Denmark were unable to remove a Korean counter on the button.

Denmark levelled the score at 4-4 in the sixth end when their skip, Madeleine Dupont played a difficult angle double-raise takeout to score two points.

Korea responded in the seventh end when Kim had an open hit on a wide Danish stone to score three points and make the score 7-4 on their way to their 9-5 win.

Kim said after their win, “Last night with the loss against Finland we were fine until we gave up three points then we were a bit shocked and it was difficult to concentrate after. Today we focused on deep concentration because we would love to go the play-offs as second ranked team. As we expected before the game, Denmark has a lot of support here from their country, but we tried not to listen to what the fans were saying. After playing a lot of games here we got used to it.”

Japan moved themselves into play-off contention after defeating Latvia 9-3 in this session. Japan opened the scoring in the first end when their fourth player Ikue Kitazawa had an open draw for three points. Then, in the third end Kitazawa had an open hit on the sole counting Latvian stone to score four points and increase their lead to 7-1.

Japan scored another two points in the sixth end, after which Latvia conceded.

In the session’s final game, Switzerland faced Canada. Switzerland led 3-2 going into the fifth end break, and when Canada skip, Chelsea Carey was light with a raise attempt in the sixth end, Switzerland stole two points to increase their lead.

In the eighth end Switzerland’s fourth player, Alina Paetz, delivered an open draw to the eight-foot with her last stone to score four points. After this Canada conceded with the score 9-3 to Switzerland

Results

Session 15: Scotland 7-8 Sweden; Latvia 3-9 Japan; Korea 9-5 Denmark; Switzerland 9-3 Canada.

Standings (W-L)

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

Q = qualified for the play-offs

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