WWCC 2013: Sweden advance to gold medal game

Sweden progressed to the gold medal game after winning the 1v2 Page Play-off Photo: WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik

Sweden and Scotland faced each other in a high quality Page one versus two Play-off of the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia on Friday evening, and eventually it was the Swedes who prevailed, scoring three in the tenth end for a 7-5 win.

Under curling's Page system, the Swedes now go direct to Sunday's gold medal game, while the Scots have a second chance by playing in Saturday evening's semi-final against the winner of Saturday afternoon's Page three versus four Play-off - either Canada or USA.

After blanking the first end, Sweden opened the scoring with a hit to score two points in the second end. The teams then swapped singles all the way to the seventh end. In the eighth end, with Sweden leading by 4-3, Muirhead drew nicely onto the button with her second stone and, in trying to winkle it out, Sweden's fourth player Maria Prytz wrecked on a front guard, giving Scotland a steal of two and the lead for the first time in the game, at 5-4.

Sweden blanked the ninth end to retain last stone advantage in the tenth. The Scots seemed to have that end under control until Muirhead had a pick-up with her first stone, which gave Sweden a chance. Even at that, Muirhead played a near-perfect freeze with her last, but Prytz was able to tap it out, as Sweden scored three for their win.

After the game Swedish skip and lead player Margaretha Sigfridsson, said, "that was a fantastic game and it feels so good to win. It was only the eighth end that was not so good from our side. It was so close, we touched so many guards in that end and Eve got to steal two. But we thought we still had a good chance to win the game and we thought it was so our game."

She added, "it is fantastic to be in another final and we really, really would like to get the gold medal, so we will work real hard for that. We felt so confident and we played a really good game, all four of us, and the team spirit was fantastic today - as always."

For her part, a disappointed Muirhead said, "that totally got away from us. We had a hellish pick-up on my second-last stone in the last. We had that end sealed up...that's curling. You get these unfortunate breaks and what can you do*quest* We've got to come back tomorrow in the semi-final and put in another good performance."

Earlier in the day, USA emerged as the winner of the tiebreakers to take the final slot in the playoffs. Canada will now face USA in the 3v4 playoff scheduled for 14:00 local time on Saturday.

RESULTS
Session 20:
Scotland 5, Sweden 7.
Session 19: USA 7, Switzerland 4.
Session 18: Russia 6, Switzerland 7.

Standings after 20 sessions:
Sweden (to play Gold Medal Game)
Scotland (to play semifinal)
Canada (to play USA in 3v4 Page Play-off)
USA (to play Canada in 3v4 Page Play-off)
5. Switzerland
6. Russia
7. Japan
8. Denmark
9. China
10. Italy
11. Germany
12. Latvia

SATURDAY, 23rd MARCH

Play-Off Game 3v4
Canada v USA (14:00 – 17:00 local)

Semi-Final
Scotland v Winner of Play-Off Game 3v4 (19:00 – 22:00 local)

SUNDAY, 24th MARCH

Bronze Medal Game
Loser of Play Off 3v4 v Loser of Semi-Final (09:00 – 12:00 local)

Gold Medal Game
Sweden v Winner of Semi-Final (14:00 – 17:00 local)

World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world. WCF Broadcast Partners for the 2013 World Curling Championships include Eurosport (Eurosport, Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player) in Europe, NHK in Japan, CCTV-5 in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil, TSN in Canada (RDS in Quebec).

In addition, Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV
The live coverage schedule will be available along with news, live scores and galleries on the event website: http://wwcc2013.worldcurling.net

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The Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014 will take place in St John, New Brunswick, Canada from 15-23 March in the Harbour Station – the same venue as the 1999 World Championships.

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