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March 24, 2018
USA advances to semifinals of 2018 World Women’s Championship
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Jamie Sinclair and the American ladies have advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 World Women’s Curling Championship after a 10-3 playoff win over Korea this morning in North Bay, Ontario.
Sinclair (St. Paul, Minn.) and teammates Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) broke open a tight game against EuJung Kim’s team with a big ninth end that saw the Americans score seven points at the North Bay Memorial Gardens Arena.
“It feels fantastic, I don’t really have words yet,” Sinclair said. “I’m super proud of the team for how we played out there and extremely excited to be playing in the next game.”
The U.S. will now take on Canada (12-0) in tonight’s semifinal at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be featured live on TV on the Olympic Channel.
“A re-match against Canada, that’ll be another fun game to play,” Sinclair said. “We put the pressure on them and that’s the kind of pressure that we want to be putting on Canada. We have a lot of really good momentum going into this semifinal.”
Sweden (10-2) will take on Russia (8-5) in the other semifinal at 2 p.m. ET today after the Russians defeated the Czech Republic, 7-3, in the other qualification playoff game. The Sweden-Russia semifinal will be live on NBCSN.
Korea’s Olympic silver medalists were held to a single in the opening end and the teams traded singles for the next sevens ends. The U.S. never missed a shot in the ninth end with Sinclair chipping out a stone with her first skip rock to place a sixth counter in. Korea tried to freeze a stone into the four-foot but Kim’s last stone was heavy and slipped through the back of the house to give the U.S. ladies a draw for seven to put the game away.
“The ninth end was a little messy. There were two center-line guards that I wanted to deal with the whole end but there was just never a great time to do that, so we ended up with a lot of rocks in play, a lot of hits and rolls, and fortunately a lot of those rocks were ours,” Sinclair said. “I was just happy to be able to draw for seven with the last shot. There was a couple of times where they were heavy on a draw and under-swept a hit and roll. I definitely was expecting to have them roll something into the four-foot and then play a run-back. That was why I was trying to keep my rocks at angles where I could run them in – I won’t complain about the draw though, it was fun to throw.”
The winners of today’s semifinals advance to tomorrow’s gold-medal game at 3 p.m. while the losing sides will fight for the bronze medal at 10 a.m. All results are posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wwcc2018.
*Korea 100 100 010 x – 3
USA 010 010 107 x – 10
*last stone in first end (hammer)
9 a.m., Qualification games: USA 10, KOR 3; Russia 7, Czech Republic 3
2 p.m., Semifinal #1 (Sweden vs. Russia)
7 p.m., Semifinal #2 (Canada vs. USA)
10 a.m., bronze-medal game
3 p.m., gold-medal game
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