Switzerland defeat Canada in 1v2 Play-off

Switzerland have qualified for the gold medal game Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Switzerland defeated Canada in Saturday morning's Page 1v2 Play-off at the ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship in Sapporo, Japan to qualify for Sunday’s gold medal game.

As a result of their loss, Canada now go on to play Russia in the sole Semi-final which will take place at 17:00 (JST) on Saturday 21 March.

The winner of the Semi-final will go on to play Switzerland for gold while the loser will play Scotland for the bronze medals.

In this game, Switzerland opened the scoring when their skip Alina Paetz played a raise take-out for two points in the first end.

In the third end, Canada opened their account when their skip Jennifer Jones hit out a Swiss stone to score one point.

Paetz was trying to score two points in the fourth end but her promote shot did not quite come off and she had to settle for just one point and a 3-1 lead.

In the seventh end, Jones drew her last stone into the house to score one point and reduce the Swiss lead to 4-3.

Canada then levelled the score at 4-4 in the eighth end when Switzerland's Paetz hit two stones on the button at the wrong angle and gave up a steal of one point.

In the ninth end, Paetz hit out a Canadian stone at the back of the house and scored two points for a 6-4 lead.

Paetz and her team then ran Canada out of stones with a double take-out to win the game by 6-4 and qualify for Sunday’s gold medal game.

Afterwards, a delighted Paetz said: "I really don’t know what to say, it’s crazy. It was always the dream to be there (in the final) and now we’re there. I missed some key shots that made me more nervous, but we won it so it didn’t matter."

Meanwhile, losing Canada skip Jennifer Jones said: "We just couldn't get our draws in the right spot and that's something we're going to have to sort out. We'll need to come out a bit sharper and hopefully we'll have an opportunity tomorrow.”

There are now three games left in this Championships - the Semi-final on Saturday evening between Canada and Russia, with the winner facing Switzerland in Sunday afternoon's gold medal game at 15:00 and the loser facing Scotland on Sunday morning for bronze medals at 09:00 (all times local – JST).

SCHEDULE
Saturday 21 March 2015

Semi-final: Canada v Russia (17:00)

Sunday 22 March 2015
Bronze medal game: Scotland v loser of Semi-final (09:00)
Gold medal game: Switzerland v winner of Semi-final (15:00)

RESULT
1v2 Page Play-off:
Switzerland 6, Canada 4.

Standings after 1v2 Page Play-off (W-L):
1. Switzerland 11-1 (To play winner of Semi-final in gold medal game)
2. Canada 9-3 (To play Russia in Semi-final)
3. Russia 9-3 (To play Canada in Semi-final)
4. Scotland 8-5 (To play loser of Semi-final 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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