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07th - 23rd February 2014

Women: Session 12 Roundup

Switzerland secured their place in the semi-finals where they will play Sweden Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Switzerland and Great Britain secured their places in the semi-finals of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games curling competition following the conclusion of the twelfth women’s session of round-robin play on Monday evening at the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi, Russia.

Switzerland beat China by 10-6 to rank in third place overall and now face a semi-final game against Sweden, who consolidated their second place position with an 8-4 win over Japan.

Great Britain meanwhile lost out to Denmark 8-7 in an extra end but due to Japan’s loss to Sweden, finished in fourth place in the standings to set up a semi-final against Canada, who defeated Korea 9-4 in this session.

History was made once again in the women’s competition, this time by Canada who became the first women's team in Olympic history to go through a round-robin programme undefeated.

In their game against Korea, Canada found themselves in trouble in the first part of the game. Korea opened with a score of two points in the first end, and then, when Canada could only score one point in the second end, the Koreans scored another two points in the third end for a 4-1 lead.

Canada then scored two points in the fourth end and followed that with a single-point steal in the fifth end to level the game at 4-4 at the halftime break.

After that, it was all Canada as they stole one point in the seventh end and followed that up with steals of two points in both the eighth and ninth ends for an eventual 9-4 win, when Korea conceded without playing the tenth end.

When she came off the ice, Canadian skip Jennifer Jones said: “We feel good. We had a couple of bad breaks early on but I feel we really had a good second half to that game. To go through the round robin undefeated in this great field – we’re pretty happy with that and feel confident heading into the semi-finals".

Switzerland gave themselves a strong start in their game against China. They opened with a single point in the first end and then followed that up with a steal of three points in the second end for an early 4-0 lead.

China fought back from this position, scoring two points in the third end and then stealing a single point in the fourth end to reduce Switzerland’s lead to 4-3.

However, Switzerland scored another two points in the fifth end when skip Mirjam Ott played a promote take-out shot to give her team a 6-3 lead at the fifth end break.

A further three points in the eighth end for a 9-4 Swiss lead was the highlight of the second half of the game, and Switzerland emerged as 10-6 victors to move into the semi-finals.

After their game, Switzerland skip Mirjam Ott said: “My team really performed well, we had to be very strong in this game. We tried to put the pressure away and focus on throwing good rocks and we really did this. China struggled a little bit with draw weight. The steal of three helped us a lot and they tried hard to fight back but we kept clear. It was our first goal, to reach the semi-finals, but now another bonspiel starts for us.”

In their game against Denmark, Great Britain looked to be in control, sitting on a 7-4 lead after eight ends.

However, after she blanked the ninth end, Denmark skip Lene Nielsen tapped up one of her own stones to score three points in the tenth end to level at 7-7 and push the game into an extra end.

In this end, without last stone, Nielsen tapped up one of her own stones onto the button, leaving British skip Eve Muirhead with a hit and roll that didn't work. This allowed Denmark to steal one point and win the game by 8-7.

After the game, Danish skip Lene Nielsen simply said, "Amazing. We have had such a great run in the last four games. Our goal was top six and winning this game helped us achieve that. This also proved that we can compete at this level and play well."

In their game against Japan, European champions Sweden took the early lead, scoring two points in the second end after blanking the first end.

Japan responded straightaway with two points of their own in the third end to level the score at 2-2.

After this, Sweden moved into a lead that they were never to lose, scoring a further two points in the fourth end and following that up with a single-point steal in the fifth end for a half-time 5-2 lead.

Japan responded at the start of the second half, scoring one point in the sixth end and stealing another point in the seventh end to reduce Sweden's lead to 5-4.

Sweden however moved away again with a score of two points in the eighth end and another single point steal in the ninth end for a score of 8-4 in their favour. Japan then conceded without completing the tenth end.

About this performance, Sweden's skip Margaretha Sigfridsson said: “That was a good game. We went out there to play well heading into the semi-finals. We’re feeling very good right now. Thankfully we could play this game very relaxed and enjoy it and that’s the best way to do it. Of course we had to stay focused as well to get the win.”

Russia and USA had a bye in this session.

RESULTS
Women Session 12:
China 6, Switzerland 10; Denmark 8, Great Britain 7; Canada 9, Korea 4; Sweden 8, Japan 4. (bye – Russia and USA)

STANDINGS
Women’s standings after 12 sessions:

1. Canada 9-0 (To play Great Britain in semi-final)
2. Sweden 7-2 (To play Switzerland in semi-final)
3. Switzerland 5-4 (To play Sweden in semi-final)
4. Great Britain 5-4 (To play Canada in semi-final)
5. Japan 4-5
6. Denmark 4-5
7. China 4-5
8. Korea 3-6
9. Russia 3-6
10. USA 1-8

The women’s semi-finals will be played at 14:00 (MSK) on Wednesday February 19, 2014. The winners proceed to the gold medal game and the losers will play for the bronze medals.

NOTE: Rankings are determined by rule C9 of the World Curling Federation's ‘The Rules of Curling and Rules of Competition’. Details can be obtained at www.worldcurling.org/rules-and-regulations

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