Canada defeat Russia in Semi-final

Canada will now play Switzerland in the gold medal game Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Canada beat Russia 7-4 in Saturday evening's Semi-final of the ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship in Sapporo, Japan, to qualify for the gold medal game where they will face Switzerland for the world title.

Consequently, as a result of their loss, Russia will play Scotland for bronze medals, with both medal games taking place on Sunday 21 March.

In the first end of the Semi-final, Canada skip Jennifer Jones took out two Russian stones and kept her own in the house to open the scoring with two points.

A Russian mistake in the second end then gave Canada a single point steal for a 3-0 lead.

Russia skip Anna Sidorova made amends as she played a hit and stay to score one point in the third end to reduce Canada's lead to 3-1.

In the fourth end Jones stretched Canada's lead to 5-1 when she drew her final stone into the house to score two more points.

After blanking the fifth end, Sidorova played a cross-house double take-out in the sixth end to score two points and reduce Canada's lead again, this time to 5-3.

The seventh end saw Canada score one point with a nose-hit by Jones to extend their lead again, to 6-3.

Canada then had another single-point steal in the eighth end when Sidorova, drawing her last stone against four Canadian counters, just failed to get past the stone that was closest to the button.

In the ninth end, Jones foiled Russia's attempt to get a multiple score with a cross-house double takeout that cleared two Russian stones and left her own stone counting.

Sidorova then played a nose-hit onto this stone to score one point before Russia promptly conceded with the final score 7-4 to Canada.

This win gives Canada skip Jennifer Jones and her team the chance to add the 2015 world title to their Sochi 2014 Olympic gold medals.

Speaking about their performance, Jones said: “I thought it was good. We wanted to come out and play well and I thought we had a good game from start to finish."

Looking forward to their third encounter with Switzerland, having lost both previous games, she added: "We’ll try one more time and hope that the third time’s the one against Switzerland."

Meanwhile, disappointed Russia skip Anna Sidorova said: "I'm upset, but mostly because we didn't play that well. We made a few mistakes and that's what made the difference."

SCHEDULE
Sunday 22 March 2015

Bronze medal game: Scotland v Russia (09:00)
Gold medal game: Switzerland v Canada (15:00)

RESULT
Semi-final:
Canada 7, Russia 4.

Standings after Semi-final (W-L):
Switzerland 11-1 (To play Canada in gold medal game)
Canada 10-3 (To play Switzerland in gold medal game)
Russia 9-4 (To play Scotland in bronze medal game)
Scotland 8-5 (To play Russia in bronze medal game)
5. China 7-5
6. Japan 6-5
7. Sweden 5-6
8. Denmark 4-7
9. Germany 4-7
10. USA 3-8
11. Finland 2-9
12. Norway 1-10

During the round robin portion of a competition, teams with the same win-loss record will be listed alphabetically, by their three letter code, and ranked equal.

WCTV will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Sapporo. The full broadcast schedule is here: http://wwcc2015.worldcurling.net/schedule

In addition, curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2015 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

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