Unbeaten Canada join Sweden in reaching Ford World Women’s final

  • Canada in action during the semi-final © WCF / Michael Burns

Canada beat United States by 9-7 in a semi-final that went all the way to the last stone of the last end at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada.

The host team now face Olympic champions Sweden – earlier winners of the other semi-final against Russia, in Sunday (25 March) afternoon’s final. This game is at 15:00 (Eastern Standard Time) and will be live on national broadcasters and World Curling TV.

Before that, United States will face Russia on Sunday morning for bronze medals – at 10:00 (EST).

In the first end, Canada’s skip Jennifer Jones hit out an American stone with her own last stone to open the scoring in the game with three points. After this, in the fourth end and with the score at 5-1 to Canada, United States skip Jamie Sinclair was facing a collection of Canadian counters when she came to play her last shot, and she drew inside all four of them to score one more point, meaning that Canada now led by 5-2.

In the sixth end Sinclair hit out two Canadian stones and kept her own stone in position to score two points to leave Canada leading by 6-4. In the eighth, Sinclair reduced the Canadian lead to just one point at 7-6 with a draw-shot into the house that gave her team two points from the end.

In the ninth end, Canada’s Jones made a mistake on a tap-back to give United States a steal of one point to level the game at 7-7, but, with the last stone of the tenth end, Jones hit out an American stone to score two points and win the game by 9-7.

Sunday’s games will be available to watch on national broadcasters or www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV (note geo-blocking applies | Times: EST):

  • 10:00: Russia v United States (bronze medal game)
  • 15:00: Sweden v Canada (gold medal game)

    They said it

    Jamie Sinclair; skip, United States (after 7-9 loss to Canada): “That wasn’t the start that we were looking for, but it was a heck of a game and a heck of a battle. I’m super-proud of the girls for not giving up.

    “In one of our end meetings we said if we were going to go down, we were going to go down in flames. We just had to give it our all, get all the rocks in play and try to generate as much offence as we could, realising that we might give up another big end, but that’s the only way you’re going to come back and win the game. That’s a bit scary but that’s what we decided to do.

    “We were going for a steal in the tenth end but it’s hard to steal when the other team makes two perfect ticks. We’re excited to play Russia again, it’s going to be another great game no doubt and I think it would be a huge accomplishment for US curling to bring home a medal, so there’s definitely a lot on the line and we’re excited about that challenge.”

    Jennifer Jones: skip, Canada (after 9-7 win over United States): “We’re really excited, another opportunity to play in front of this amazing crowd. It was a game that was hard to hold the lead and it came down to the wire so we’re pretty happy with the win.

    “They made some great shots late in that game and it came down to the last end and last shot, so what a game for the crowd. Sweden are playing well right now, they’re the reigning Olympic gold medallists so they’re always a tough team but always fun to play. It’ll be a good game tomorrow.

    “Standing on top of the podium, representing your country is just the biggest moment in sport, so we’d love to do that and we’d love to win it here in Canada, but all we can do is put our best on the ice and hope it’s good enough.”

    Semi-final results: Canada 9-7 United States; Sweden 7-6 Russia

    Standings after semi-finals

    SF-W Canada 13-0
    SF-W Sweden 11-2
    SF-L Russia 8-6
    SF-L United States 7-7
    Korea 8-5
    Czech Republic 6-7
    China 6-6
    Switzerland 5-7
    Scotland 5-7
    Japan 5-7
    Denmark 3-9
    Germany 3-9
    Italy 2-10

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