The playoff schedule has now been determined at the Capital One World Women’s Curling Championship in Esbjerg, Denmark.
Sweden (Anette Norberg) finished first with a 9-2 record, while China (Bingyu Wang) was second at 8-3. They’ll meet in the Page 1-2 game Friday evening locally (2:00 pm ET), with the winner advancing to Sunday’s final, the loser to Saturday’s semi-final.
Denmark (Lene Nielsen) won its final game on Thursday, 10-3 over Russia while Switzerland (Mirjam Ott) also won, 7-4 over Norway, meaning that Denmark, idle Canada (Amber Holland) and Switzerland wound up with 7-4 marks.
Since Denmark had defeated both during the round robin, it was awarded third place and will now await the winner of a tiebreaker for fourth between Canada and Switzerland on Friday (live at 9:00 am ET on TSN) in the Page 3-4 game.
“I’m relieved – that’s the word,” said an elated Nielsen. “We had a good game this morning but we lost (7-5 to China), so this is just great. The girls just played fine and we had great support from the crowd. It was perfect.”
The Page 3-4 game is set for Saturday, in which the winner advances to the semi-final to face the loser of the Page 1-2 game. The loser of the Page 3-4 goes to Sunday’s bronze medal game to meet the semi-final loser.
TSN will televise all playoff games, through to the gold medal game, Sunday at 9:00 am ET.
In other games from Draw 17, United States (Patti Lank) whipped Sweden, 8-3, while Germany (Andrea Schöpp) was a 6-5 winner over Korea (Mi-Sung Shin).
The final standings, behind the five playoff teams were as follows: Russia and United States (6-5), Germany (5-6), Scotland (4-7), Norway (3-8), Korea and Czech Republic (2-9).