LGT World Women’s round robin draws to a close

  • Korea join Sweden in the semi-finals © WCF / Céline Stucki

With all six qualifiers already known, Friday evening’s last round-robin session of the LGT World Women’s Championship 2019 in Silkeborg, Denmark sorted out the play-off line-up among them.

There were wins for Korea – by 7-4 over Scotland – and Sweden, who beat Japan by 9-8. Meanwhile, Switzerland lost by 8-10 to Germany, while Canada beat Denmark by 5-3.

This means that Sweden and Korea finished first and second, to go directly to the semi-finals, while Russia, who sat the session out, are ranked third and now will place sixth-placed Japan. The other qualification game will be between fourth-placed Switzerland and fifth team China, who also sat out the session. The qualification games are at 09:00 on Saturday (23 March). They are live on national broadcasters and World Curling TV and at Central European Time, which is one hour (+1) from Greenwich Mean Time.

Korea faced Scotland knowing that a win would give them the direct route to the semi-finals, avoiding a qualification game. In the sixth end, Korea skip Minji Kim drew her last stone into the house to score two points and level the game at 3-3.

Later, in the eighth end, Kim played a take-out on a Scottish stone to score two more points and move back into the lead at 5-4. Korea went on to win by 7-4 and took the direct semi-final spot they were looking for.

Olympic champions Sweden, who had already qualified directly for the semi-finals at the top of the rankings, faced Japan in their closing round-robin game. In the first end, Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg played a straightforward take-out on a Japanese stone to open the scoring with two points.

Then, in the fourth end, Japan’s fourth player Ikue Kitazawa played a short raise take-out on a Swedish stone to score three points and take a 5-3 lead. Sweden then went on to win by 9-8 to rank Japan sixth overall and they now face third-placed Russia in the qualification games.

After this game, Sweden’s Hasselborg said, “We’re a little bit tired, but we have some time to rest up before the semi tomorrow, so we’re really happy and proud of the performance so far. Of course, gold is always our goal, but there’s still two games to be played, so we’re really focussing on the semi-final first.”

Germany faced Switzerland, and in the first end German skip Daniela Jentsch opened the scoring with a draw into the house for three points. After this, in the fourth end, Switzerland’s fourth player Alina Paetz played an open hit on a German stone to score three points and move onto a 6-4 lead. However, after this, Germany went on to win by 10-8, thanks largely to a score of four points in the tenth end, to rank ninth overall, while Switzerland finished fourth, to play fifth-placed China in the qualification game.

Canada faced the hosts Denmark and, in the sixth end, Canada skip Chelsea Carey had a draw for four points, which proved to be too heavy, so she had to settle for a score of three points and a 5-1 lead. Eventually, Canada won by 5-3 to rank eighth overall, while Denmark finished 11th.

At the end of her campaign on home ice, Denmark’s skip Madeleine Dupont said, “It’s very different [playing at home]. I’ve never had anyone cheering for me like that before, never in 20 years, and it’s really good. At first, I thought it would be a lot of pressure but now it’s fun. It’s not fun losing, of course – it never is, and it never will be – but I think we’ve had a really good time.

“I hope people in Denmark are noticing. From what I’ve heard people have come from all over the country to come and watch us, and I think that’s really positive.”

Saturday now sees Russia play Japan while Switzerland taker on China in morning’s qualification games. The winners of these games will go on to face direct qualifiers Sweden and Korea in the semi-finals.


Results

Session 20: Canada 5-3 Denmark; Scotland 4-7 Korea; Switzerland 8-10 Germany; Japan 8-9 Sweden.

Final round-robin standings (W-L)

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

Q = Qualified for play-offs

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