Russia qualify for Page Play-offs

Russia were the third team to qualify for the play-offs Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Russia beat China by 11-6 in Thursday evening's final round-robin session of the ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium, Sapporo, Japan, and have now qualified for the Page Play-off stages in third place.

Due to this result, China finished in joint fourth place with Scotland, who sat out this session, which means that these two teams will now play each other in a tie-breaker on Friday morning with the winner taking the fourth and last available slot in the Page Play-off line-up.

Russia started the game strongly, scoring two points in the first end before stealing a further two points in the second end for a 4-0 lead.

In the third end, China's skip Sijia Liu hit out a Russian stone to score two points and reduce Russia's lead to 4-2.

In the next end Russia restored their winning margin when their skip Anna Sidorova drew her final stone into the house to score two points for a 6-2 lead.

The Russians finished the game with a score of three points in the ninth end for their 11-6 victory.

After the game, Russia's skip Anna Sidorova said: "We are very happy because qualifying has been our goal throughout the week. Now we will just relax and get ready for the next game."

Speaking about tonight’s opponents China, she said: "They played very well and even though we were leading the whole game it was still difficult for us."

Looking forward, she added: "Hopefully we can go the all way. We just want to be a great team and great teams win lots of games. Last year we made bronze medals and this year we want to do at least the same."

Switzerland played Sweden in their last round-robin game knowing that they had already qualified in first place.

In the fifth end of the game, their skip Alina Paetz played an angled raise take-out to score two points to go into the break 4-2 up.

They stole another two points in the sixth end and went on to win by 7-5.

In what was their final game at the event, Norway finally gained their first victory, beating USA by 8-5.

Their break-through came with a steal of two points in the sixth end for a 6-3 lead on the way to their win.

It was also Japan's last appearance in front of their enthusiastic home crowd, who have turned out in the thousands to cheer on their hometown team.

They faced Germany and started well when their skip Ayumi Ogasawara drew her final stone into the house to score three points in the opening end.

Japan went on to score four points in the seventh end and finished off with a single point in the ninth end, when Germany conceded with the score at 10-5 to Japan.

Afterwards, through an interpreter, skip Ogasawara said: "Curling is not a big sport in Japan yet so I am very happy to perform in front of this crowd and to show everyone in the world what Japanese curling can do."

SCHEDULE
Friday, 20 March 2015

Tie-breaker: China v Scotland (09:00)
3v4 Page Play-off: Russia v winner of tie-breaker (19:00)

Saturday 21 March 2015
1v2 Page Play-off: Switzerland v Canada (09:00)
Semi-final: Loser of 1v2 v winner of 3v4 (17:00)

RESULTS
Session 17:
China 6, Russia 11; Sweden 5, Switzerland 7; Norway 8, USA 5; Japan 10, Germany 5.

Standings after round robin (W-L):
1. Switzerland 10-1 (To play Canada in 1v2 Page Play-off)
2. Canada 9-2 (To play Switzerland in 1v2 Page Play-off)
3. Russia 8-3 (To play winner of tie-breaker in 3v4 Page Play-off)
4. China 7-4 (To play tie-Breaker against Scotland)
4. Scotland 7-4 (To play tie-breaker against China)
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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