China, Japan and Switzerland claim remaining LGT World Women’s play-off places

  • Japan secure play-off place © WCF / Céline Stucki

After Friday afternoon’s second-last round-robin session of the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 in Silkeborg, Denmark, all six qualifiers for the weekend play-off games have been determined.

Before this session, table-topping Sweden, Korea and Russia had already qualified. With a 5-4 win over United States, Switzerland joined them. While Japan’s 6-4 win over China, when other results were taken into consideration, saw both Japan and China also move onto the play-offs.

Now, only the final rankings among these six teams remains to be determined after the final round-robin session.

Switzerland faced a United States team with regular skip Jamie Sinclair on the side-lines, caused by a trip and injury after her previous game.

In the second end, Switzerland’s fourth player Alina Paetz opened the scoring in the game with a hit on an American stone in the house, for two points. Then, in the seventh end, Paetz played a triple take-out on American stones to score one point and take a 4-2 lead. Switzerland went on to win by 5-4, to become the fourth qualifying team for the weekend play-off games.

After this win, Switzerland skip Silvana Tirinzoni said, “The first goal is always to qualify for the play-offs. That goal is reached now and now we look further. It looks like we now have to play a qualification game tomorrow and I hope we can just keep performing like we have for the last few games. I just hope that we face Sweden at one point – that would mean we would have won the qualification game tomorrow. We haven’t lost a game for a while now, so that’s a good feeling.”

China faced Japan in this session with both teams still in with a chance to qualify. In the fifth end, Japan’s fourth player Ikue Kitazawa played a draw shot to score two points and take 3-1 lead.

In the ninth end, China’s fourth player Rui Wang played a double take-out for two points to reduce Japan’s lead to 6-4. This became the final score when China ran out of stones in the tenth end and this result, as well as others, meant that both Japan and China qualified, to complete the six-team play-off line-up.

After this win, a delighted Japan skip Seina Nakajima said, “This is our first World Championship and now we have qualified – that is the greatest thing in my life!”

Russia, already qualified, played Latvia, who were out of contention, in this session. This was the last round-robin game for both teams and in the fourth end, Russia’s skip Alina Kovaleva hit out a Latvian stone to score three points from the end and move on to a 4-2 lead.

In the sixth end, Kovaleva played a draw into the house to score two points and take a 6-3 lead, on the way to an eventual 9-4 win.

In the fourth game of the session, between Finland and Germany – who were both out of play-off contention - Finland scored three points in each of the first, third and fifth ends to finish their campaign with a 10-4 win.

Once the round-robin is complete, the first and second-ranked teams will move directly to the semi-finals, while the third-ranked team will play the sixth placed team. At the same time the fourth placed team will play the fifth ranked in qualification games, with the winners going onto the semi-finals.

Among the six qualifiers, the only rank that can be confirmed is that Olympic champions Sweden will finish top overall and will go straight to the semi-finals. All other rankings will only be determined after Friday evening’s final round-robin games.

Results

Session 19: Germany 4-10 Finland; Switzerland 5-4 United States; China 4-6 Japan; Russia 9-4 Latvia.

Standings (W-L)

Q Sweden 10-1
Q Russia 9-3
Q Korea 8-3
Q Switzerland 8-3
Q China 7-5
Q Japan 6-5
United States 6-6
Canada 5-6
Germany 4-7
Scotland 4-7
Denmark 3-8
Finland 3-9
Latvia 1-11

Q = Qualified for play-offs

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