Five play-off places secured in day five’s morning sessions

  • Canada secure a play-off place Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

The morning sessions of day five (Wednesday 26) in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2017 saw five teams secure their play-off places.

In the opening session of round-robin play Korea and 2016 silver medallists China secured their play-off positions.

Korean duo Hyeji Jang and Kijeong Lee qualified for play-offs with their win over Netherlands 14-1 to add a sixth straight win.

China also secured their place in the play-offs after beating Austria 9-3 after seven ends.

Despite having a 4-1 lead after the fourth end break, Denmark closed the gap to tie the game 5-5 in the last end. Norway came out on top over Denmark 6-5 when Denmark over curled on their final stone tap-back to improve their record to four wins and one loss in Group B.

Defending champions Russia needed an extra end to beat Slovakia 9-8 to increase their record to four wins and one loss in Group E.

Italy improved to second place in Group B with a win over Serbia 9-1 after seven ends.

In the second morning session, the three guaranteed play-off places from Group D were secured by USA, Czech Republic and Canada.

The top three teams from each pool are guaranteed a place in the last 16 games that take place on Friday (28 April). After those teams are decided the fourth-place team with the best draw shot challenge will take the final berth in the play-offs.

USA continued their unbeaten run with a 9-5 win over France, while Czech Republic defeated Kazakhstan 14-1 after six ends to claim their play-off places.

Canada claimed the third play-off place from Group D after defeating England 7-6. With the scores tied at 6-6, England’s Anna Fowler had an opportunity with the last stone but wrecked on a guard, giving Canada a single point steal and the win.

Israel picked up their second win of the week when they defeated Poland 9-8.

In the session’s final game, a delicate hit for two points by Finland’s Oona Kauste with the final stone gave them an 8-7 win over Brazil to move them into second place in Group A.

At the end of the round-robin, the ranking from one to 16 will be decided by the draw shot challenge results. The last 16 match-ups will then be determined with the team ranked first playing the team ranked 16, the team ranked second playing the team ranked 15, the third-place team playing the 14th placed team and so on.

Results after session 20: Italy 9-1 Serbia; Netherlands 1-14 Korea; Norway 6-5 Denmark; China 9-3 Austria; Slovakia 8-9 Russia

Results after session 21: Finland 8-7 Brazil; England 6-7 Canada; Kazakhstan 1-14 Czech Republic; Poland 8-9 Israel; USA 9-5 France

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