Korea straight into World Championship semi-finals with Scotland triumph

Korea straight into World Championship semi-finals with Scotland triumph
By Sportsbeat

22/03/2019 at 22:36Updated 22/03/2019 at 22:42

Korea secured passage straight to the semi-finals of the LGT World Women's Curling Championship with a hard-fought victory over Scotland in the final round-robin session in Silkeborg.

Needing to beat the Scots to seal second spot in the table – and thus a direct route to the semi-finals – a strong final three ends saw Kim Minji's rink over the line 7-4.

The Scottish quartet, led by skip Sophie Jackson, were 3-1 up through five ends and then took one in the seventh to move 4-3 in front.

But Kim took two in the eighth to edge ahead before stealing one in the ninth and the tenth to round out a victory that means they won't have to contest the 3v6 or 4v5 qualification games on Saturday morning.

Those games will see Russia take on Japan and Switzerland take on China for the right to face either Korea of table-toppers Sweden in the semi-finals later that day.

Sweden ended the round-robin stage with 11 wins from 12 after a narrow 9-8 victory over Japan.

Japanese skip Ikue Kitazawa needed two in the tenth to take the game to an extra end but could only draw for one, ensuring her quartet finished sixth in the table and a contest against third-placed Russia beckons on Saturday.

Switzerland head into the 4v5 clash with China off the back of a loss to already-eliminated Germany, as Daniela Jentsch's rink scored a remarkable four points in the tenth end to turn an 8-6 deficit into a 10-8 triumph.

And in the final game of Friday evening's session, Canada won a dead rubber against Denmark 5-3.