Historic first Olympic semi-final place for Korea

  • Korea qualify for the semi-finals Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

With a 9-6 win over United States in Tuesday afternoon's tenth session of women's round-robin play at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Korea became the first women's team to qualify for the semi-finals and the only Korean team to do so in Olympic history.

In other games in this session, Great Britain beat Japan by 8-6 and China were 7-5 winners over Canada. Four teams sat out this particular action - Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) team.

The game between United States and Korea was played out in front of a packed enthusiastic home crowd, and it was United States who started stronger, scoring two points in the first end.

But in the fifth end, Korean skip EunJung Kim first played a draw to lie three shot stones, and then tapped out an American stone with her second stone, to score four points from the end and take a 6-3 lead into the break. After this, United States could not find a way back and eventually ran out of stones in the tenth end, with Korea winning by 9-6.

Japan started their game against Great Britain in joint second place while the British were looking for another win to help their semi-final hopes.

The teams went into the break tied at 3-3 but Britain stole three points in the sixth end when a tap-back by Japan's skip Satsuki Fujisawa did not work out. Fujisawa played a hit and stay to score two points in the seventh end to reduce the British lead to 6-5, but Britain's skip Eve Muirhead stayed in control in the second half of the game to win by 8-6.

In the third game of this session, Canada faced China, and a score of three points in the fifth end for China, when their skip Bingyu Wang drew her final stone onto the button, gave them a 5-3 half-time lead. Eventually, in the tenth end, the Chinese team swept home their skip Wang's last stone to score one point and seal a 7-5 victory.

As well as sealing Korea's historic place in the semi-finals, on six wins and one loss, with two games left to play, these results leave Sweden - who sat out the session - in clear second place, on five wins and two losses, with two games still to play.

Behind these two sit Great Britain and Japan in joint third place - each on five wins and three losses, but with one game left to play. China and United States both have four wins and four losses, with one game left to play, in joint fifth place. Canada sit in seventh place, on three wins and four losses, but with two games left to play.

These three teams - China, United States and Canada - can still force their way into semi-final contention, through a combination of winning their own games and having other results go their way.

The women's round-robin continues tomorrow (Wednesday 21 February) morning, with the session 11 at 09:05 Korean Standard Time (KST).

For flash quotes from day seven of the team competitions visit, http://www.wcf.co/2C6WFuB

Women session ten results: Canada 5-7 China; United States 6-9 Korea; Great Britain 8-6 Japan.

Standings after women session ten (win-loss):

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

Q - Qualified for semi-finals

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