Play-off match-ups set at the World Women’s

The results of Friday evening’s 20th — and last — round-robin session of the BKT Tires & OK Tire World Women’s Curling Championship 2022, finally determined the weekend’s play-off line-up.

In this session, although hard-pressed by their German opponents, Switzerland won by 7-6 to go through their round-robin program undefeated and go directly to Saturday evening’s semi-finals in top spot, with 12 wins.

Meanwhile, Korea beat Turkey by 7-2, while Canada were 9-6 winners over Czech Republic.

Sweden sat out this session, but these results meant that Canada, Korea and Sweden all shared second place, on nine wins and three losses. The win-loss record among these three teams could not separate them, so second place — and the direct route to the other semi-final — was given to Korea, who had the best draw shot challenge record of the three.

United States beat Denmark by 9-5 to rank fifth overall, leaving the Danes in sixth place.

All this meant that the Qualification Games on Saturday afternoon will see third-placed Canada play sixth-placed Denmark, while fourth-placed Sweden will be up against fifth-placed United States.

Germany versus Switzerland

In the game between the Swiss and Germany, Switzerland led by 2-1 when Germany’s skip Daniela Jentsch leveled the score at 2-2 in the third end with a hit and take-out on a Swiss stone.

Then, in the eighth end, with Germany leading by 5-4, Switzerland took the lead for the third time in the game when their fourth player Alina Paetz scored two points with a hit, for a 6-5 score-line.

Switzerland went on to win by 7-6 with the last stone of the game.

Germany versus Switzerland © WCF / Jeffrey Au

United States versus Denmark

United States faced Denmark on the next sheet. With the Americans leading by 2-0, Denmark’s skip Madeleine Dupont played a delicate tap-up of her own stone in the third end to score two points and level the game at 2-2.

In the next end, United States skip Cory Christensen had a draw for four points and a 6-2 lead, on the way to her team’s 9-5 win.

After the game, Christensen said, “Our goal was to come out and have a good game to get some momentum going into the play-offs. We feel really good about how we’re playing, and we wanted to continue that into the play-offs.”

Team United States © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Czech Republic versus Canada

In front of the biggest home-crowd of the week, Canada faced Czech Republic.

The home favorites moved into a clear lead in the fourth end, by 5-2, when their skip Kerri Einarson played a hit on a Czech stone to score three points.

The Czechs responded in the seventh end when their skip Alzbeta Baudysova drew her final stone onto the button, to score two points and reduce Canada’s lead to 7-5.

But after this, Canada stayed ahead, to win by 9-6.

Thinking about the fact that the last stone draw relegated her team to third place, Einarson spoke about how they played their shots before the game started.

“We had two pressure draws there, but unfortunately, they beat us,” she said.

Looking forward, she added, “We’re playing really well and playing with confidence.”

Team Canada © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Turkey versus Korea

In the fourth game of the session, Korea faced Turkey.

The Koreans led by 3-1 as they played the sixth end. In that end, Korean skip Kim EunJung played a draw to score four points and move onto a 7-1 lead.

Turkey’s skip Dilsat Yildiz then scored one point in the seventh end with a draw inside two Korean stones already sitting there. This reduced Korea’s lead to 7-2, but eventually, Korea went on to win by 10-2.

Korea’s Kim ChoHi © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Session 20 results: Germany 6-7 Switzerland; United States 9-5 Denmark; Turkey 2-10 Korea; Czech Republic 6-9 Canada

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