Sweden and Great Britain women into Olympic curling semi-finals

  • Sweden celebrate their qualifying win © WCF / Richard Gray

Wins for Sweden and Great Britain in Wednesday morning's second-last session of women's round-robin play at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 meant that both teams qualified for the semi-finals.

Sweden were 8-4 winners over China, while Great Britain beat Canada by 6-5.

In the session's other games, Korea, already semi-final qualifiers, beat the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) team by 11-2 in just six ends, while Switzerland beat Denmark by 6-4 in a bottom-of-the-table tussle. Japan and United States, who both can still make it to the semi-finals, sat out this session.

Sweden had lost their previous two games when they came to face China, but they dominated the first half of this game, scoring two points in each of the second and fifth ends to take a 5-1 lead into the break. China's skip Bingyu Wang attempted to start a fight-back in the sixth end, with a draw for two points to reduce the Sweden lead to 5-3, but, after blanking the seventh end, Sweden scored three points in the eighth end for an 8-3 lead.

China scored one more point in the ninth end but then conceded, to give Sweden their sixth win so far. This qualified them for the semi-finals with one more round-robin game to play - against a United States team still trying to make the play-offs.

When Great Britain faced Canada in this session, both still had the semi-finals in their sights.

Britain opened with a single point in the first end, but Canada carved out the first advantage, with a score of two points in the second end. They built on this with a single-point steal in the third end, to take a 3-1 lead.

Both teams blanked ends and scored just singles as the close-fought game developed. In the eighth end, Britain tied the game at 4-4 with a draw for two by skip Eve Muirhead. In the ninth end, a raise double take-out with her first stone by Muirhead forced Canada skip Rachel Homan to take just one point from the end, for a 5-4 lead.

In the tenth end, Homan's final draw round guards came up short, giving Britain two points from the end and a 6-5 win. This sixth win by Great Britain qualified them for the semi-finals.

Korea had three-point steals in the first three ends of their game against OAR and went on to win by 11-2 in just six ends, to reinforce their position at the top of the rankings.

In the fourth game of this session, with both teams out of semi-final contention, Switzerland had the consolation of beating Denmark by 6-4.

After this session, Korea, Sweden and Great Britain are now safely qualified for the semi-finals. Japan will join them if they win their last round-robin game against Switzerland. If they lose and United States beat Sweden, then Japan and United States will go into a tie-breaker to decide the fourth semi-final slot.

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Women session 11 results: Korea 11-2 Olympic Athlete from Russia; Sweden 8-4 China; Switzerland 6-4 Denmark; Canada 5-6 Great Britain

Standings after women session 11 (win-loss):

Q Korea 7-1
Q Sweden 6-2
Q Great Britain 6-3
Japan 5-3
United States 4-4
China 4-5
Canada 3-5
Switzerland 3-5
Olympic Athlete from Russia 2-6
Denmark 1-7

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