Switzerland and Canada qualify for Play-offs

Switzerland qualified for the 1-2 Page Play-off where they will face Canada, who also qualified this morning Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Switzerland and Canada qualified for the 1-2 Page Play-off with wins in Thursday morning's fifteenth session of round robin play at the ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium, Sapporo, Japan.

Switzerland won their game against Scotland by 8-6. After blanking the first end, they went on to score two points every time they had last stone.

This result and their Wednesday evening win against Canada means that they have guaranteed themselves top slot on the final rankings as well as a place in the Page 1-2 Play-off game.

Following this success, Paetz said: "We’re very happy with the result, we played really well and we hope that we can keep that for the next game."

Canada beat Germany by 7-5, but it took all the way to an extra end for them to record that win.

The third end of this game featured a triple take-out by Germany's Daniela Driendl but Canada eventually scored two points in the extra end for a win that guarantees them a place in the 1-2 Play-off against Switzerland.

China and Russia are the only teams who could equal Canada’s win loss record, but as they both lost to Canada earlier in the round robin, Canada will rank above them according to WCF rules.

After the game, Canada's skip, Sochi 2014 Olympic champion Jennifer Jones, said: "We expected to have to play our best today and found a way to win."

China faced Finland with a Play-off place still in their grasp.

In the third end of the game their skip Sijia Liu drew her final stone into the house to score three points and take a 3-1 lead.

In the eighth end she hit out a Finnish stone to score two points, this time for a 5-2 lead. China won the game by 6-5 and now lie third in the standings.

After the game China skip Sijia Liu said: "That's OK, but there’s another game to play. We never think about progression, we just want to play our own game."

In the fourth game of this session, USA faced Denmark, with both teams out of the Play-off hunt. With the scores tied at 3-3, Denmark scored four points in the seventh end to take a 7-3 lead on their way to an eventual 8-5 victory.

RESULTS

Session 15: USA 5, Denmark 8; Germany 5, Canada 7 (extra end); Finland 5, China 6; Switzerland 8, Scotland 6.

Standings after 15 sessions of play (W-L):
1. Switzerland 9-1 (Qualified for 1v2 Page Play-off against Canada)
2. Canada 8-2 (Qualified for 1v2 Page Play-off against Switzerland)
3. China 7-3
4. Russia 6-3
5. Scotland 6-4
6. Japan 5-4
6. Sweden 5-4
8. Germany 4-6
9. Denmark 3-7
9. USA 3-7
11. Finland 2-8
12. Norway 0-9

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.

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