Japan, China and Switzerland complete knockout contingent

Japan, China and Switzerland complete knockout contingent
By Sportsbeat

22/03/2019 at 19:26

All six qualifying spots have been filled for the knockout phases at the LGT World Women's Curling Championships as China, Japan and Switzerland all booked their places in the weekend's action.

The penultimate session of round robin competition in Denmark saw Japan topple China 6-4, but the United States' loss to Switzerland ensured safe passage for both rinks.

And Japan skip Seina Nakajima was left struggling to process with the achievement as her team held off their opponents throughout to confirm their qualification.

"This is our first World Championship and now we have qualified – that is the greatest thing in my life," she said.

Elsewhere, Switzerland's 5-4 win ended American interest in Silkeborg as a professional display kept their opponents at bay.

Leading throughout the match-up, Switzerland kept up their impressive form, much to the delight of skip Silvana Tirinzoni.

"The first goal is always to qualify for the play-offs," she said.

"That goal is reached now and now we look further. It looks like we now have to play a qualification game tomorrow and I hope we can just keep performing like we have for the last few games."

Elsewhere in Friday's second session, Finland ran out 10-4 winners over Germany, while Russia beat Latvia 9-4 ahead of this evening's final helping of round robin fixtures.

Sportsbeat 2019