Australia reach first World Mixed Doubles semi-final, along with Sweden, Canada and United States

  • Australia’s Tahli Gill Photos: © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Sweden, United States, Canada and, for the first time ever, Australia, have all reached the semi-finals of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2019, in Stavanger, Norway.

To do so, Sweden beat Czech Republic by 8-3, a victory that was sealed with a score of four points in the seventh end, when Sweden used their Power Play. Afterwards, Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg said, “They are a great team, they play a lot of mixed doubles and they know how to grind. We played a solid game. We used the Power Play well and they had to go all in because they were behind. That’s when we took advantage.”

On the next sheet, Australia played Japan and a strong finish by Australia, including a steal of one point in the seventh end set up an eighth end with the score tied at 5-5. With the last stone of that end, Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa pushed her final draw too far and it rolled beyond the Australian stone lying in shot position to give up another steal of one point and the game to Australia, at 6-5.

Later, Australia’s Tahli Gill said, “It’s just amazing. We’ve been trying to fight really hard in every game. Our goal coming into this event was to make the top 16 and then we said, ‘let’s just keep going, keep aiming higher’.“

Meanwhile, her partner Dean Hewitt said, “We always thought it would come down to last rock and we just wanted to give ourselves the chance to win.”

Russia took the early lead in their game against Canada but steals of two points in both the fourth and fifth ends for a 5-2 lead turned the tide in Canada’s favour. They went on to win by 7-3. Afterwards, Canada’s Brett Gallant said, “We are in the thick of the play-offs now and feeling a bit of butterflies and that’s a good thing to make us play really well. Looking forward to feeling a bit more of that tomorrow.”

In the fourth quarter-final, United States faced Estonia. The teams went into the break tied at 3-3. In the fifth end, United States called their Power Play and scored three points to take a lead they were not to give up as they emerged as 9-5 winners.

After this win, Olympic men’s champion John Shuster said, “That was a battle, they come out and played really, really well. The second half came out and we got a three with our Power Play and it gave us a chance.”

Looking forward Shuster’s partner Cory Christensen said, “We play Canada next and we know that’s going to be a huge game and we know they’re going to come out and play really well. We had a really solid game there, so we’re feeling good going into tomorrow.”

The semi-final line-up sees Sweden play Australia, while the United States are up against Canada. The United States v Canada game is live on World Curling TV (geo-blocking may apply) and national broadcasters.

These games will take place at 09:00 Central European Summer Time, which is +2 hours from Greenwich Mean Time.

Semi-finals: Sweden v Australia; United States v Canada

Results quarter-finals: Sweden 8-3 Czech Republic; Australia 6-5 Japan; Estonia 5-9 United States; Canada 7-3 Russia

Results last 16 session one: New Zealand 4-9 Sweden; Australia 8-1 Switzerland; Japan 9-4 Hungary; Czech Republic 5-4 Norway

Results last 16 session : Scotland 3-8 Estonia; Spain 5-8 Russia; England 4-7 United States; Canada 7-2 Finland

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