Japan women claim last Olympic semi-final place

  • Japan secure last semi-final place Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Despite losing out to Switzerland by 4-8 in Wednesday evening's final round-robin session, Japan's previous five wins mean that they have taken the fourth semi-final place in the women's event at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Meanwhile, Sweden's 9-6 win over United States not only confirmed their second place on the rankings, it put an end to United States' semi-final challenge.

Table-toppers Korea also won, by 9-3 over Denmark, to record their eighth win, while Canada beat the Olympic Athlete from Russia team by 9-8 in this session.

Switzerland dominated the first half of their game against Japan, scoring two points in the second end and then four more points in the fourth end. Japan could only respond with two points in the fifth end and a single point steal in the seventh end, to go down by 8-4.

In their game against United States, Sweden opened with a score of three points in the first end, while the Americans could only respond with two points in the second end. After this, Sweden scored single points in the third and fifth ends to take a 5-3 lead into the break.

After blanking the sixth end, United States leveled with a score of two points in the seventh end when their skip Nina Roth played a tap-back and stay. The teams were level again - at 6-6 - after the ninth end, but in the tenth end, Sweden took three points to seal their win.

The Swedes now go on to face third-placed Great Britain, who sat out this session, in Friday's semi-final.

Korea took a 6-2 lead into the half-time fifth end break of their game against Denmark, thanks to a score of three points in the fourth end and a steal of two points in the fifth end. Another score of three points in the seventh end, when their skip EunJung Kim played a hit, moved the score-line to 9-3, causing the Danes to concede.

The fourth game in this session had no impact on the semi-finals, and Canada completed their programme with a fourth win - by 9-8 over the Olympic Athlete from Russia team.

The semi-final line-up now sees an all-Asian affair - with leaders Korea playing fourth-placed Japan - the only team to beat the Koreans at this event, while the other semi-final is an all-European match-up between Sweden and Great Britain.

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Women session 12 results: Sweden 9-6 United States; Switzerland 8-4 Japan; Olympic Athlete from Russia 8-9 Canada; Korea 9-3 Denmark.

Standings after women session 12 (win-loss):

Q Korea 8-1
Q Sweden 7-2
Q Great Britain 6-3
Q Japan 5-4
China 4-5
Canada 4-5
Switzerland 4-5
United States 4-5
Olympoc Athlete from Russia 2-7
Denmark 1-8

Q - Qualified for semi-finals

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